WH: ‘Senate Has Confirmed the Fewest Nominees’ Compared to Four Previous Administrations

Melanie Arter | February 27, 2018 | 6:49pm EST
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House complained Tuesday that Senate Democrats have been obstructing President Donald Trump’s nominees, saying the Senate has confirmed the fewest nominees compared to the previous four administrations.

“Before taking your questions today, I want to take a moment to highlight the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats -- an issue that represents a threat to America’s interests and security. Compared to the four previous administrations, this Senate has confirmed the fewest nominees,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the press briefing.

Sanders said the tactics of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “have led to 73 fewer confirmations than the next closest administration.”

“Half of President Trump’s nominees are still waiting for confirmation in the Senate. The obstruction is so out of control, even some Senate Democrats believe it is inappropriate. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, said, ‘I don't believe we should be holding nominees hostage…Enough is enough.  We need people who are qualified to fill these important positions in our government,’” the press secretary said.

“In the coming days, we will be highlighting specific, qualified nominees who are, as the senator said, being held hostage by Senator Schumer,” Sanders said.

One example, she highlighted, is Ric Grenell, who Trump nominated to serve as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

“Mr. Grenell, a Harvard-educated, experienced diplomat, was the longest serving U.S. spokesperson at the United Nations. He was nominated in September of last year. He was reported out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with bipartisan support. He is waiting to represent America's interests and be our country’s top voice in a G7 country,” Sanders said.

“In short, Senator Schumer’s hyper-political delay on Mr. Grenell puts our national security, and America’s foreign policy interests, in jeopardy. The Senate should move to confirm him immediately. We will continue highlighting more of these examples of Democrat obstruction in the days ahead,” she said.

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