MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt interviewed Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona in the halls of Congress during the recent debate preceding the government shutdown. There, she ultimately reported that Flake and his fellow Senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, had convinced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “all but abandon” the president on key issues.
Senators Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham have been leading the high stakes game of shuttle diplomacy inside the U.S. Capital. With McConnell and Schumer barely speaking through the weekend, Graham and Flake have been trying to find a way out of the mess by convincing McConnell to all but abandon the president.”
And so they did. The job can’t have been easy, as Mitch has proven himself to be one of the most spineless, useless Republicans in the nation’s capital.
Flake told her,
We can’t anymore, you know, say that we’ll only move forward if the president moves forward. And if he’s with us. We just can’t do that. This president has changed his mind several times on this, I will say that.”
Meanwhile, Graham told reporters in another exchange that he was ready to assert a little more control for the Senate — with Majority Leader McConnell’s help and support — of the situation in Washington, D.C.:
Somebody’s got to lead. The White House staff has been pretty unreliable. The House is locked down. So, I think the Senate is the best body to lead the country to a result.”
And that’s exactly what the case used to be — the Senate has long been called “the upper chamber” of Congress for a reason.
The problem for Republicans in Congress, except those who are themselves new to government, is that Donald Trump is far too fickle to be able to try and arrange anything with in advance. He can’t even agree with his own Cabinet or Departments on what White House policies are, because Trump simply has no concept of what works or does not work in policymaking.
Watch the exchange here:
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