Matt Gaetz has long been one of Donald Trump’s true pit-bulls. He’s been at Trump’s side ever since he was elected to Florida’s 1st District in 2016. The congressman has defended the President at every turn, going as far as threatening former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
This made it all the more shocking when Gaetz supported a War Powers Resolution that limited Trump’s ability to make war in Iran. According to the Washington Post, an infuriated Trump is shutting out his former friend and ally.
While Gaetz said that his vote offered no critique of the President, Trump certainly saw it as such. According to a White House official, Trump has not been returning any of the congressman’s text messages or phone calls. The same source said that Gaetz’s vote was “super uncool” and “quite unwise.”
The White House’s Eric Ueland was significantly more nuanced when speaking with reporters. He said, “The Trump administration was disappointed in the congressman’s vote and is hopeful that as the president’s foreign policy continues to unfold, he will reconsider his points of view.”
Gaetz not only sided with Democrats on the vote, he urged other Republicans to do the same. Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s office responded to the request, “As an FYI, my boss, Ms. Cheney, will be standing with and supporting President Trump and voting against this unconstitutional, partisan resolution.”
Trump has been willing to take lawmakers who crossed him back into his good graces in the past. Whether Gaetz is able to make it back into the trusted circle remains to be seen.