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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Rep. Matt Gaetz Confronts Speaker McCarthy in Fiery House GOP Meeting
In a closed-door House GOP conference meeting on Thursday morning, tensions flared as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) confronted Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), accusing him and his allies of orchestrating an online campaign against him with the help of “MAGA influencers.”
According to reports from Fox News, the exchange was marked by what was described as “fireworks.” Gaetz directly addressed McCarthy, alleging that “MAGA influencers” had been paid to attack him on social media. McCarthy promptly denied the accusation, dismissing Gaetz’s claims.
Speaker McCarthy dismissed Gaetz’s allegations, indicating that he had no intention of engaging in such activities. In the same meeting, another source revealed that McCarthy questioned Gaetz’s commitment to the GOP’s goals, pointing out that he was personally dedicating his efforts to allocate $5 million to support GOP candidates and members with the aim of strengthening their majority in the near future. McCarthy’s remark seemed to challenge Gaetz regarding his contributions toward achieving a stronger Republican majority.
In response to Gaetz’s allegations, some members of the GOP caucus expressed frustration. According to a second source, one lawmaker told Gaetz to “f— off,” while another referred to him as a “scumbag,” according to reports.
Gaetz confirmed the confrontation to reporters as he exited the meeting, explaining, “I asked him whether or not he was paying those influencers to post negative things about me online.” He also confirmed McCarthy’s response, saying, “Yeah, that is what he said.”
When asked about his feelings toward McCarthy during and after the exchange, Gaetz remarked, “My blood pressure is like 120 over 80. So I’m feeling great.”
A spokesperson for Speaker McCarthy categorically denied any involvement in the alleged online campaign, attributing it to a Democrat-backed entity. In support of this claim, Fox News Digital reportedly obtained a screenshot of a cease-and-desist email sent by McCarthy’s outside lawyer to the individuals allegedly behind the campaign.
Furthermore, the email asserted that the campaign falsely claimed to act on behalf of Speaker McCarthy and his affiliated entities and warned of legal consequences if the actions continued.
The exchange in the House GOP meeting underscores the ongoing tension between Gaetz and McCarthy. Gaetz has been threatening to force a House-wide vote on McCarthy’s speakership, alleging violations of a deal struck to secure McCarthy’s election as Speaker in January.
Under the terms of that compromise, McCarthy agreed to allow any lawmaker to trigger a vote on his removal, known as a “motion to vacate.” While Gaetz had hinted at pursuing such a motion earlier in the week, he sidestepped questions on the matter during the recent meeting with reporters.
In the midst of this contentious atmosphere, Gaetz emphasized his current focus on advancing single-subject spending bills, deflecting inquiries regarding the motion to vacate and maintaining his dedication to legislative efforts.
The confrontation between Gaetz and McCarthy underscores the complex dynamics within the Republican caucus as it navigates internal divisions and confronts ongoing challenges on Capitol Hill.
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