Even Republicans Are Distancing Themselves From Trump's 'Downward Spiral'

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 04:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by House Republicans after they passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, on May 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. The House bill would still need to pass the Senate before being signed into law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Even Republicans Are Distancing Themselves From Trump's 'Downward Spiral'

Several members of the GOP raised alarm after the reported Comey memo.

Published May 17, 2017

After an extremely chaotic and scandalous 116 days of Trump's administration, Republican Senators and members of Congress are beginning to distance themselves away from the president. 

Several Republicans who once defended Trump and his actions are starting to decide if associating themselves with the president given the most recent revelations would be a good move for their political career. As a result of the Washington Post report claiming Trump revealed classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador and the reported memo from former FBI Director James Comey stating Trump allegedly asked him to halt his investigation into Michael Flynn, members of the GOP may soon dump Trump. 

On Monday evening, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told reporters the White House is currently in a "downward spiral" and the administration must work to rectify the issues. 

  1. Sahil Kapur, a political reporter for Bloomberg, tweeted Corker's quote to the media
  2. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted that Trump's alleged leak to Russia could be a national security threat

    Additionally, Kinzinger spoke with CNN regarding Vladmir Putin's offer to send a transcript of Trump's conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to prove no classified information was revealed. When asked how he felt about Putin's offer, Kinzinger replied "I don't talk to murderous dictators."

  3. Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who often supported Trump, tweeted that he would like to see Comey's memo
  4. Although national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters the story about Trump leaking to the Russians was 'false,' journalists described a more hectic scene behind closed doors

    After the McMaster briefing, reporters gathered in the White House area where press officials wait to gather additional information. Trey Yingst, a reporter for America News Network, told other reporters he saw Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and communications director Mike Dubke file into the cabinet room.

    Moments later, reporters heard yelling coming from the room. Once a BuzzFeed News reporter tweeted about the yelling, the televisions in the area had their volumes raised by communications staffers in order to drown the sound of yelling. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


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