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President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Democratic leaders in the House and Senate of unfairly holding up his Cabinet nominees.
Following a chaotic evening that culminated in Trump’s firing of the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, who refused to defend Trump’s order to bar people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US, the president slammed Democrats for refusing to immediately confirm many of his Cabinet nominees.
“Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He continued: “When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General and rest of Cabinet! They should be ashamed of themselves! No wonder D.C. doesn’t work!”
Democrats have characterized the hearings as “rushed” and have attempted to delay many of Trump’s nominees, hoping to press them further on potential ethical background issues and to get them to answer for controversial positions the White House holds. In some cases, however, administration officials have attempted to push back hearings.
Schumer told the “Today” show on Monday that Democrats would attempt to slow the nomination process to get Trump’s nominees to answer whether they supported his decision to bar people from some majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.
In recent days, many top Democrats have come out against Trump’s Cabinet nominees as pressure grows in the Democratic base to oppose the new president at every opportunity.