CNN host Wolf Blitzer revealed on Monday that all 52 of the Republican members of the U.S. Senate had declined to appear on his show amid President Donald Trump’s Twitter war with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and rising tensions with North Korea.
Corker riled Trump this week after calling the White House an “adult day care center” and warning that the president was pushing the U.S. closer to World War III because of his rhetoric against North Korea.
“We reached out to all 52 Republican senators here in Washington to appear on today’s program,” Blitzer explained. “I got no takers. At least, not yet. All of the offices said the senators were either not available or they didn’t respond to our request.”
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Texas Supreme Court rejects GOP’s appeal to hold in-person convention this week in Houston
The Texas Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Republican Party of Texas seeking to host its in-person convention this week in Houston. Justices also denied a similar petition spearheaded by other party officials and Houston activist Steve Hotze.
Monday's news likely kills the party's chances of holding its in-person gathering as planned, which was set to begin July 16 at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center. As of Saturday, the State Republican Executive Committee, considered the party's governing board, had reaffirmed the party's commitment to proceeding with the event, which was expected to draw roughly 6,000 people. Party officials had argued that its gathering was protected under both the Texas and U.S. Constitutions and should be allowed to continue as planned.
McEnany claims to not have ‘exact details’ on Roger Stone clemency after federal judge orders review
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday claimed to not have "exact details" President Donald Trump's order to commute Roger Stone's sentence.
At a press briefing, McEnany was asked about a federal judge's demand to see Trump's order of clemency for Stone because there are questions about how it was crafted.
"I don't, um, have the exact details on that," McEnany insisted. "The Roger Stone clemency was a very important moment for justice. You had a completely bogus Russia witch hunt that found nothing and in order to justify the waste of taxpayers dollars."
GOP donors will have second thoughts about backing another Trump after four disastrous years: conservative
According to conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin, many Republican donors are not hardcore ideologues and base their giving on specific policies that may benefit them and, with that in mind, may balk at supporting another unknown quantity like Donald Trump who has created nothing less than chaos since becoming president.
The Republican Rubin -- who has become one of the president's most ardent critics -- explained in her Washington Post column that many donors are "transactional donors" making them different from some of the president's more vocal supporters in the press and in office.