As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
With new polls showing Ted Cruz still leading Donald Trump in Iowa, Trump used a rally in the Hawkeye State on Saturday night to launch an extended attack on Cruz, again zeroing in on how Cruz was born in Canada, raising questions about whether that disqualifies the Texas Senator to be President of the United States.
“If he ever got the nomination, you know Democrats would bring a major suit,” Trump said in Clear Lake, Iowa, as Trump repeatedly told the crowd that Cruz was born north of the border.
“He was born in Canada, I guess his parents voted in Canada,” Trump added in what was an almost four minute “birther” attack on Cruz.
“If it’s a problem,” Trump said, “you got to work it out,” as Trump all but demanded that Cruz go to court, and get a judge to declare that he is eligible to run for President.
The extended Trump attack on Cruz did not go unnoticed by Cruz supporters, who pointed out that Trump is not emphasizing any differences on issues – just the question of Cruz’s birthplace.
But think about it. Trump has decided birtherism is his best card to play against Cruz. Scared to take him on with policy.
So far, the conservative talk radio world – much of which has been very vocal in support of Trump and his drive against the GOP establishment – has refused to join Trump in these attacks on Cruz, arguing that Cruz is a legitimate candidate.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.