Trump, at ND rally, says maintaining Senate in GOP hands 'the most crucial factor' soon after Kennedy retirement
President Trump praised retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy as "a very specific guy" and "a great man" at a rally in North Dakota Wednesday evening ahead of imploring GOP voters to maintain the Senate in Republican hands this coming November.
Trump told the crowd of around 6,000 people at Fargo’s Scheels Arena that he was "very honored" Kennedy chose to retire while Trump was in office due to the fact "he felt confident in me to make the proper option and carry on his excellent legacy."
Trump did not indicate whom he would nominate to replace the 82-year-old Kennedy, but said he hoped his pick would serve on the Supreme Court for "40 years, 45 years."
Trump was in Fargo to endorse U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is operating against incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Republicans see Heitkamp’s seat as a essential pickup opportunity in their battle to preserve the Senate in GOP hands.
"Justice Kennedy’s retirement makes the problem of Senate handle 1 of the vital problems of our time," Trump stated. "It’s the most essential issue we can do … We have to elect a lot more Republicans. We have to do that. And the difficulty is, in the Senate, we have 51. We do not have adequate."
Trump had once courted Heitkamp, even inviting her to New York to go over a Cabinet post quickly following his 2016 election victory.
But on Wednesday, the president accused Heitkamp of voting lockstep with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. He cited Heitkamp’s votes against tax cuts he signed into law in December, and against the ObamaCare repeal, as properly as assistance for so-referred to as "sanctuary cities."
"You need to have a senator who doesn&rsquot just talk like they’re from North Dakota, but votes like they&rsquore from North Dakota," stated Trump, who added of Cramer: "He loves you, I will inform you that. He loves this state, loves the individuals. And we want Kevin Cramer to replace liberal Democrat Heidi Heitkamp."
The president is riding a winning streak with his endorsements. On Tuesday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster survived a Republican runoff election 1 day soon after Trump held a rally in the state to help him. Also on Tuesday, Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., very easily defeated former Rep. Michael Grimm in a GOP major and former Trump adversary Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination to be Utah’s next U.S. senator.
But on Wednesday night, Trump took the most pleasure in the primary defeat of Property Democratic Caucus chairman Joe Crowley by 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The president described Crowley as "one of my greatest critics, a slovenly man [who] got his ass kicked by a young lady who had a lot of energy."
Trump told the crowd that he was "so disappointed" at rumors that Crowley may replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic Leader "because I want to hold Nancy Pelosi appropriate where she is."
"I want to make a plea to my Democrat friends," the president stated. "Please, please, please never eliminate Nancy Pelosi. And please keep Maxine Waters on the air as your face and your mouthpiece," a reference to comments the Democratic congresswoman made over the weekend calling for protesters to confront administration officials in public more than their immigration policies.
The president gave a spirited defense of these polices, decrying what he known as "shameless attacks" on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by Democrats and liberal activists, some of whom have known as for the agency’s abolition.
"You know what would take place to components of our nation [if ICE was abolished]?" Trump asked. "It would be overrun with the worst criminal components you have ever observed."
"These radical Democrat protesters — they genuinely want anarchy," Trump added. "But the only response they will locate from our government is really powerful law and order. We will not tolerate attacks on our law enforcement. We will defend our law enforcement like they defend us."
When known as up to speak, Cramer thanked Trump for moving to roll back Obama-era regulations, cutting taxes and "on behalf of the most vulnerable forgotten folks, the unborn babies, thank you for standing for life."
"And on these very important North Dakota values … I’ll often be with them and with you, one hundred percent of the time," Cramer stated.
The relationship among Cramer and the White House didn&rsquot often have a smiling public face. Last month, Cramer produced clear that he was much less than pleased with Trump’s friendly therapy of Heitkamp — like her front-row look when Trump signed a banking bill.
Trump visited North Dakota as new economic information show the state falling behind its Midwestern neighbors amid issues about an escalating trade war with China. North Dakota’s agricultural economy is dependent on exports and the Beijing government recently imposed a 25 % tariff on soybeans, the state’s leading crop.
But the president defended his aggressive trade policy, claiming that "disastrous trade bargains" had "plundered our wealth, gutted our communities, undermined our fantastic farmers [and] taken our jobs."
Trump compared ongoing trade confrontations with China, the European Union and Canada to a game of poker, "a game we can’t drop."
"We are going to make trade fair and reciprocal," Trump said. "You know what that is? They do it to us, we do it to them … We’re not beginning a trade war, but we’ll finish it."
"The era of global freeloading and taking benefit of the United States is more than."
The Connected Press contributed to this report.
Published at Thu, 28 Jun 2018 02:00:00 +0000