A group of prominent Republican lawmakers and White House officials gathered Wednesday night for a rare joint press conference to discuss the fallout from the Republican Party’s collapse and its slow recovery from a disastrous election year.
The White House, Senate and House of Representatives are now in a deep state of denial and denial is good.
It has become a national crisis, a national tragedy, a global calamity,” Vice President Mike Pence said.
The GOP was unable to get any Republican senators or House members to sign onto the Republican National Convention’s resolution calling for President Donald Trump to step down after just one term.
Trump said he would not step down.
Pence, a former Indiana governor, was booed repeatedly by the protesters, who yelled: “You lie!” and “You’re not a president, you’re a moron!”
The White to the Democrats, it’s over.
Now it’s time to unite the party, Pence said, urging the party to unite behind the president.
And we are proud of the progress that has been made.
We will retake America.
The Democrats will be the ones that will have to go to the cleaners.
The crowd applauded and jeered, and the President appeared to be trying to diffuse the anger.
He urged the crowd to keep voting and promised to “work with everybody” on Capitol Hill to find a solution.
The Trump administration was facing widespread criticism that it had lost control of the country in a political moment when the president and his allies have been calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care coverage and helped millions of Americans.
But the president’s decision to endorse Pence as his running mate underscored the GOP’s continued power.
The Democrats lost in the House on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday, and Republicans are struggling to find the votes to pass their bill, which would allow states to opt out of the law.
Pressed on whether Trump had any regrets about endorsing Pence, White House spokesman Raj Shah said, “Absolutely not.””
He is the leader of the Republican party.
He is the person who made the most difficult decision, the most unpopular decision of his presidency, and that was the choice that was made.
“The White house and Senate have been divided over whether to pass the legislation, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas among those who are opposing the measure.
But Trump has said he is willing to negotiate and he plans to meet with Senate Republican leaders in a closed-door meeting Thursday to discuss how to move forward.
Trump’s decision Wednesday night to endorse the Vice President has also put Republicans in a bind: If they continue to back Pence and Trump, the White House is likely to face a political crisis as the Republicans attempt to repeal the ACA and move forward with their healthcare legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York called the VP endorsement “a historic and courageous step by a leader of our party to show he can take on the enemy and win.”
But House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told CNN that he was not comfortable supporting the Pence endorsement.”
He’s got to go through his party, he’s got a choice.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another top Trump backer, said he and his colleagues should not be “ignoring the results of the election.”””
But I think that his endorsement of the vice president was the right call and the president has got to accept it.”
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another top Trump backer, said he and his colleagues should not be “ignoring the results of the election.”
“I think there’s no question that this was an important election,” Cruz said.