Early Monday, President Trump again took up the topic of supposed Democratic “obstructionism,” apparently prompted by a Fox and Friends segment.
Monday morning on Twitter, he wrote, “.
@foxandfriends Dems are taking forever to approve my people, including Ambassadors. They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals.”
Of course, there is a very legitimate reason that many of those who Trump has nominated to key positions throughout the government haven’t been confirmed. Quite simply, Trump has named individual after individual who have been party to a tangling web of corrupting financial connections.
Additionally, there is a wide array of offices across the government that the President hasn’t even nominated anyone to fill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer addressed this in a statement designed to reply to Trump’s tweet.
Schumer said, in part:
‘If the President is looking for someone to blame on the slow pace of confirmations, he needs only to look in the mirror. There are more than 500 senate confirmable positions. Even though it is now June, the administration has failed to select a nominee for 442 of them. Of the 63 that have been nominated, the Senate has confirmed 39 of them.’
Read Schumer’s full statement below.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who skipped Monday’s press briefing, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders filling in for him, shot back at Schumer on Twitter.
Spicer wrote, “Actually
@SenSchumer here are the facts: @POTUS has sent 102 nominations, not 63. Senate has only confirmed 39.”
Spicer does not provide any documentation for his claim, and it’s not immediately verifiable online.
Data that is online says that as of May 20, the administration had sent 97 nominations to the Senate, with only 63 of them — Schumer’s number — being classified as essential.
No matter if Spicer is right or not, there remains hundreds of federal government posts that the president hasn’t yet nominated anyone to fill.