Democrat Caucus Chair: 'Trump Doesn't Have Time to Help Americans Because of All the Scandals'

By Susan Jones | February 15, 2017 | 5:37am EST
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) chairs the House Democrat Caucus. (AP Photo)

( - "It's becoming increasingly clear that President Trump is leading a very dysfunctional White House,"  Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Tuesday.

He said "all the scandals" are leaving the Trump administration with no time to help the American people. (He said nothing about Democrat efforts to stall Trump’s cabinet appointees or delegitimize Trump’s presidency.)

“In thinking of the larger problem, Trump doesn't have time to help Americans because of all the scandals that are taking place, which is within just a three-week period,” Crowley said. “President Trump's spending so much time trying to run a barely functioning White House, no attention is being paid to the American people -- all the promises that he had made, no economic boost, no job growth.

“And so, we recognize the challenge that is ahead of us. This is not just about President Trump. This is about our Republican colleagues and the separation of powers and holding this president accountable for the lies that have been taking place in the White House that have made America less safe. That is what this is about.”

Sticking to the Democrat talking points (also articulated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer), Crowley said of Gen. Michael Flynn’s forced resignation, "This is not the end. This is just the beginning."

Crowley joined other Democrats in calling for a full investigation into "both President Trump's ties to Russia and to Vladimir Putin and the situation that allowed a Trump national security campaign adviser to feel so comfortable and so at ease in making the type of call that he made to the Russians, and in the process, his breaking the law."

The Trump administration says former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn broke no law in his contacts with the Russian ambassador before Trump was inaugurated. Spokesman Sean Spicer said Flynn was fired because of a "trust issue," not a legal issue.

Crowley also told the news conference:

"The Russian people are not our enemy. And we know that the Russian people want better relations with the United States, as we do with them as well:

But we also know that Vladimir Putin is not our friend. He's -- his interests are not the advancement of the cause of the United States and freedom around the world. His -- his -- his immediate goal is to take care of Vladimir Putin and second, maybe the Russian people.

But it is not in -- remotely, in his top one thousand points to help the United States of America. That is what troubles me so much about President Trump's odd behavior, again, when it comes to the issue of Vladimir Putin.

Wanting to cozy up to him to the point that he will reject the information provided by our intelligence community, men and women who've put their lives on the line to collect that information and take then the word over -- a dictator over them. That has got to be troubling to the American people.


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