President Donald Trump fired back at one of his harshest critics, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in a savage letter Thursday, responding to Schumer’s criticism of the President’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the letter, President Trump told Schumer, “I’ve known you for many years, but I never knew how bad of a senator you are for the state of New York, until I became President.”
Trump sends letter to Schumer pic.twitter.com/pSIi2T4SwL
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 2, 2020
President Trump hit back at Schumer after the senator sent him a letter Thursday, in which he demanded answers about shortages of equipment, testing kits and medical supplies in New York, along with other hot spots around the nation.
In his blistering reply, Mr. Trump told Sen. Schumer that the Defense Production Act (DPA) “has been consistently used” by him and his team but that companies have been fulfilling the administration’s requests “without even a formal notice.”
“We have given New York many things, including hospitals, medical centers, medical supplies, record numbers of ventilators, and more,” said Pres. Trump. “You should have had New York much better prepared than you did, as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx said yesterday, New York was very late in its fight against the virus,” Trump said. “As you are aware, the Federal Government is merely a back-up for state governments. Unfortunately, your state needed far more of a back-up than most others.”
The President then pivoted to another point: Senator Schumer, who has represented New York in Congress since 1981, and in the U.S. Senate since 1999, is approaching the end of his current term.
“If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the ‘invisible enemy.’ No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win,” he added.
AOC is a reference to the freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Some political experts believe she might be considering a primary challenge against Schumer.
President Trump also applauded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for “getting the job done.” He accused Senator Schumer of being “missing in action.. except when it comes to the ‘press.'”
When I sent Pres. Trump a serious letter on getting critical medical supplies to our frontline fighters, he responded with a petty, unserious letter.
To the President:
Americans are dying and losing jobs. Businesses are teetering. Stop the pettiness. Be a leader. Do your job.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 3, 2020
Senator Schumer took to Twitter on Thursday night to respond to the President’s letter. “Americans are dying and losing jobs. Businesses are teetering. Stop the pettiness. Be a leader. Do your job,” he wrote.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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