Monday, July 10, 2017

Senate stonewall: 23% Trump picks OK'd vs. 69% of Obama's

Via Billy

President Donald Trump, right, and former President Barack Obama, left, sit across the isle from each other aduring the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Putting numbers behind his claim that Senate Democrats have stonewalled his agenda and creation of a Republican government, President Trump today charged that he's only been able to get approval of 23 percent of his top picks compared to former President Obama, who had 69 percent confirmed at this stage of his first term.

In a long and detailed accounting of the effort to block his administration, the White House today said, "Less than a month away from the August recess, the Senate has confirmed only 23 percent of President Trump's 216 nominations. By the first August recess during President Obama's first term, the Senate had confirmed 69 percent of his 454 nominations."

The release was aimed at getting the Senate to OK the president's picks for top jobs, and also to pressure Congress to skip its August recess.

The administration said that the Democratic stonewall is meant to damage his presidency.

"The blatant obstruction of President Trump's nominations threatens key aspects of the government, including national security, by leaving positions vacant," it said.

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