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GOP senators exhausted from defending Trump as their relationship grows worse with every scandal: report

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President Donald Trump’s unprecedented leadership style is causing “intraparty” struggles as Republicans grow weary of dealing with the president’s never-ending list of scandals.

According to a report from Politico, Republicans are at “odds” with Trump.

“It’s an unusual time in Trump’s Washington, with a Senate Republican majority that’s been at odds with the president for months now — and with GOP senators increasingly comfortable in trying to ward off what they see as Trump’s worst impulses. It’s an inflection point, with Senate Republicans weighing how hard to try to contain the president,” the report said.

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Senate Republicans are disagreeing with Trump on issues such as immigration, the space force, and his process of fulfilling multiple vacancies in the White House.

“We’ve been down this road so many times, it’s hard for me to measure,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) said. “It just happened to be issues that came to the surface at the same time.”

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) tried to “downplay the feuds” surrounding Trump’s space force proposal.

“This moment is a little more stacked than probably most other moments,” he told Politico. “The president is very good at trial balloons and pulling back.”

Tensions between Trump and Republics have been ongoing and growing.

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“The tensions between Trump and Senate Republicans have raged for four months, an arc that intersects neatly with when Mick Mulvaney took the reins as the president’s acting chief of staff and helped goad the president into a shutdown that lawmakers loathed — and then into a national emergency declaration that a dozen Republicans voted against on the Senate floor,” the report said.

“The president has his own way of doing things and it’s unconventional and it upsets some people,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA.) said. “This is not Olympic gymnastics where you get style points. This is results.”

Read the full report here.

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Ron DeSantis compares the reopening of Florida schools to the Navy SEAL operation that killed Osama bin Laden

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