The South Carolina governor, who is Trump’s pick to be US Ambassador to the UN, told senators Wednesday she hopes to show the president-elect that NATO is “important” and “that the UN matters.”
But it’s still unclear when actual repeal will come, what Republicans will replace it with and if they have the votes to do so.
“I regret that I have but one wife to give to my country’s infrastructure,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators, kicking off a glowing hearing for Chao, Trump’s nominee for Transportation Secretary.
It is an early foray to help boost Republicans in the messaging wars on an issue that will likely define much of this Congress, as well as the 2018 midterm elections.
“These are still open questions that we need to finish up so they don’t happen again,” Jason Chaffetz told reporters on Monday.
How much will the new president want to influence the direction of the party, help friends, and hurt critics in next year’s midterm elections? Trump’s personal involvement in an inside baseball fight in Ohio might be an indication.
The president-elect tweeted Wednesday morning that the DNC was careless because Assange said a “14-year-old could have hacked Podesta” in an interview on Fox News’ Hannity.
In a meeting that members said was heavy on messaging and light on specifics, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Donald Trump would begin taking action and repealing President Obama’s executive orders on Inauguration Day, including on health care.
In an unforced error, the House GOP quickly abandoned a rules change that would have stripped an independent ethics watchdog of power. “It was a stumble,” said Rep. Mark Sanford. “And, you know, probably not the way you want to start out.”
After years of fighting their own leadership, the House’s conservative rabble-rousers will have to adapt to having a Republican in the White House.
Republicans called the hubbub over Trump’s call with the Taiwanese president “much ado about nothing.”
Trump suggested imposing a 35% import tariff for companies that move their operations overseas, but congressional Republicans argue that the move could start a trade war.
Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp is meeting with Trump on Friday, raising speculation she could take a job in the administration. Cramer told BuzzFeed News he’d be interested in taking her job.
Democrats are already calling for Congress to act on potential conflicts of interest related to Trump’s sprawling business empire. But Republicans say they aren’t concerned and believe Trump’s lawyers will figure out a way forward by the time he’s sworn in.