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.”
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— 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.
House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel
Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.
“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.
House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.
“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.
“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.
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