Trump Says Senate Democrats Have Confirmed Only 48 of His 197 Nominees

Susan Jones | July 11, 2017 | 7:44am EDT
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( - President Donald Trump's first tweets on Tuesday dealt with Democrat obstructionism, the need for Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, and his effort to bring the Olympics to Los Angeles.

"The Senate Democrats have only confirmed 48 of 197 Presidential Nominees. They can't win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct!" he wrote at 7 a.m.

On that same subject, President Donald Trump retweeted an item from "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning. The retweet quoted Mark Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, as blaming Sen. Chuck Schumer for "running an unprecedented campaign of obstruction aginst the President's nominees for high-ranking posistions in government."

At Monday's off-camera White House news briefing, Short noted:

It's July 10th, and we do not have deputy secretaries at the Small Business Administration, the Department of Interior, the Department of Energy, HUD, HHS, OMB, and the Department of Defense.  Senate committees have cleared 32 of our nominees who are still waiting for a floor vote.

In total, there are 133 nominees waiting for consideration by various committees.  While Senator Schumer irresponsibly champions the resist movement, his partisan tactics are harming the country and obstructing the will of the American people.

Short said the Senate has confirmed a total of 50 Trump administration nominees, compared with 202 confirmed at the same time in the Obama presidency.

"By the August recess in 2009, the Senate had confirmed 292 Obama administration nominees by voice vote alone.  To date, the Trump administration nominees have received five voice vote confirmations," Short said.

"The truth is the Democrats are putting their agenda ahead of the will of the American people. Democrats are keeping key agency nominees from serving their country. And today, we're calling on Senator Chuck Schumer to stop blocking the will of the American people for political gain. And we're also calling on you in the media to help shine light to bring this problem to light of day," Short said.

Trump on Tuesday morning also retweeted a soundbite from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who told Sean Hannity Monday night: "It's crazy to go an August recess without having Obamacare repealed. We should work every day until it is done!"

And later, the president produced a fourth, fifth and sixth tweet: "Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.). Stay tuned!"

 "Big wins against ISIS!" said the fifth tweet. And "Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!"

By 8:30 a.m., the president had not addressed the most recent thorn in his side -- reports of his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer who apparently promised to give the Trump campaign damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump Jr. said the information given by the lawyer made no sense and was a pretext for the Russian attorney to discuss sanctions and Russian adoptions.


Although his father was silent on the controversy, Donald Trump Jr. did address it on Tuesday, tweeting: "Media & Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a yr, I understand the desperation!"

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