turning their backs?
October 19, 2019

President Trump may not have an ironclad grip over the GOP right now, as Republicans have criticized his decision to host the next G7 summit at his own resort, openly questioned his foreign policy, and even admitted impeachment could be on the table.

"I'm still thinking about it, you know?" Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), who represents a staunchly Trump district, said about impeachment. "I've been really mindful of the fact that during Watergate, all the people I knew said, 'Oh, they're just abusing Nixon, and it's a witch hunt.' Turns out it wasn't a witch hunt. It was really bad."

Rooney also said he "couldn't believe" acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney withdrew an admission that the president withheld aid from Ukraine to force Kyiv into investigating potential political rivals. Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) said he wasn't sure if he can defend Trump over the president hosting the G7 summit at his resort in Miami, Florida, next year.

That's not to mention the fact that even more high profile members of the party are beginning to waver a bit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), normally a strong Trump ally, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday declaring Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria a "grave strategic mistake." Read more at The Washington Post. Tim O'Donnell

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