President Donald Trump has had enough.
In several pointed tweets on Tuesday morning, Trump expressed his frustration with the obstructionist Democrats in the House and Senate.
And the president is supremely miffed that Congress is going to work for just 11 more days and then bail out of town for 38 days (nice work if you can get it!).
Aside from pushing the nothingburger Russia collusion story, Democrats have also obstructed even the most basic operations in the federal government. Democrats have shut down more than 90% of Trump’s nominations for office — for comparison, Republicans filibustered just 10% of President Obama’s picks in his first six months.
Democrats say they have every right to stall until questions on Russia are answered, and mainstream media keep putting out pointless stories that allege great wrongdoing but offer no proof whatsoever (like the latest round of Donald Trump Jr. stories).
But Trump has some power, too, and just might use it.
“The president has every right to call Congress back if necessary,” Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, told The Washington Times.
Mr. Short said the blockade is jeopardizing national security, denying Americans a fully staffed federal government and grinding other legislation to a halt.
“Democrats even walked out of committee hearings to deny quorums, like schoolchildren taking their toys from the playground,” he said. “But it is the American people who are being hurt.”
Short blames Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who he says has “run an unprecedented campaign of obstruction.”
Schumer shot back. “Thus far, the nomination process has been defined by the failure of the Trump administration to submit names for hundreds of vacant jobs, incomplete and delayed ethics and nominations paperwork from the nominees themselves, and repeated withdrawals of nominees for key positions,” his office said in a statement. “If the White House is looking for someone to blame, they ought to look in a mirror.”
And that is partially true. “Trump has submitted about half as many nominations to the Senate as Mr. Obama at the same point in his presidency,” The Times said.
Just how bad is it? Read this passage from a Wall Street Journal piece from Tuesday:
Democratic obstruction against nominees is nearly total, most notably including a demand for cloture filings for every nominee—no matter how minor the position. This means a two-day waiting period and then another 30 hours of debate. The 30-hour rule means Mr. Trump might not be able to fill all of those 400 positions in four years. The cloture rule also allows the minority to halt other business during the 30-hour debate period, which helps slow the GOP policy and oversight agenda.
Democrats have also refused to return a single “blue slip” to the Judiciary Committee, which has the effect of blocking consideration of judicial nominees from their home states. Senators like Minnesota’s Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are holding hostage the eminently qualified Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for no reason other than politics.
But Trump is aghast that Congress could possibly leave the repeal and replacement of Obamacare unfinished while it goes on vacation.
Sadly, Trump is also fighting his own party, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is offering to compromise on the replacement health care bill now working its way through the Senate.
The question is, will Trump keep working for public support through Twitter, or declare full-out war with Demcrats — and Republicans — on Capitol Hill?
Stayed tuned for the next installment of As The World Turns.