It seems that each week (or perhaps every day?), there’s a new scandal or controversy that emanates from President Donald Trump’s White House. The effect is that some Republicans are finally losing their patience over having to constantly defend Trump’s antics — especially now that an impeachment inquiry has been opened against him in the House of Representatives.
According to a report from the Washington Post, Trump fielded a number of phone calls on Friday and Saturday, following his administration’s announcement on Thursday that his own company’s Doral Miami resort would host the next American-led G-7 Summit next year.
The decision was fraught with questions of legality and ethical concerns, and not just by the opposition party — Republicans, too, voiced their misgivings with Trump, saying that this newest controversy was making it hard to defend him, in light of other scandals they have already tried to fend off against on behalf of the president.
As a result, Trump announced on Saturday evening that he was going to change venues, and that Doral would no longer be hosting the G-7 Summit. In a series of three tweets, Trump blamed the media and Democrats for the need to change venues.
“[T]he Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY” over the choice of Doral, and that’s why he changed his mind, the president explained.
But Trump’s own base of support in Congress also played a role in his decision, the report from the Washington Post implied.
Fissures within the GOP have been evident as of late. Some of Trump’s fiercest defenders, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, have come out against his move to withdraw troops from Syria, Fox News reported. And Rep. Francis Rooney, a Florida Republican, has even suggested that he could be in favor of voting for impeaching Trump, if the evidence against him is compelling enough.
“I’m going to do at all stages what I think is right to do. You’ve got to do the right thing at every stage,” Rooney said, according to a previous report from HillReporter.com.
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Chris Walker is a freelance writer based out of Madison, Wisconsin. A millennial with more than a decade of journalism experience, Chris aims to provide readers with the latest and most accurate news of national importance. Chris likes to spend his free time doing activities in his community with his family.