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McConnell To Trump: Not So Fast On Adjourning Congress

Nicolle Wallace explained the Majority Leader's reaction to Trump's rage-threats about recess appointments and adjourning both houses of Congress.

Remember 24 long hours ago, when Donald Trump threatened to use a never-before exercised provision in the Constitution to adjourn Congress himself because he was in a bad mood about his appointments not getting through the Senate fast enough? Well, believe it or not, the most dangerous man in America, the self-annointed "Grim Reaper" of all legislation sent to him by the House, pushed back. Nicolle Wallace reported on Mitch McConnell's reaction today.

WALLACE: Donald Trump has never shied away from leaning on the extraordinary powers of the American presidency, sometimes even making unconstitutional claims like he did on Monday, when he said he had total authority over all the states. But yesterday we saw him threaten an action that even made his number one enabler in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, object. Here was the president last night.

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TRUMP: Whether it's Russia, Russia, Russia, or whether it's impeachment hoax or whatever it may be, it's always roadblocks and a waste of time. If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my Constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress. The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis.
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"Where'd ya see that, big guy, Breitbart?" Wallace quipped, as she went on to read the statement from McConnell's office:

WALLACE: The president there saying he would use a provision in the Constitution to get nominees into administration positions without Senate approval, to which Mitch McConnell, the one and only Mitch McConnell said, "I don't think so." From McConnell's spokeman, quote, "The Leader pledged to find ways to confirm nominees considered mission-critical to the pandemic, but under Senate rules that will take consent from Leader Schumer." Trump's outlandish claims and mismanagement of the crisis seem to be taking a toll on his public standing as well. A brand new Gallup survey just out shows Trump's approval rating is down six points from last month.

Unfortunately, the fact that Trump's approval rating is down doesn't help his handling of this disaster, and it doesn't stop McConnell from using the pandemic to enact his horrific agenda. So all this proves is that McConnell doesn't like it when Trumpy Bear steps on his toes. Because while Trump is more and more amenable to screaming his lust for totalitarian power from the mountaintops, McConnell prefers not to say that quiet part out loud. But if Trump's batsh*t proclamations threaten his power, you can be sure McConnell will speak up.

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