House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) probably aren’t going to say anything about it, according to the two congressional leaders’ aides.
Max Phillip, McConnell’s chief of staff, said it’s the Majority’ Leader’s intent not to say much about President Trump’s tweet comparing his nuclear button to the nuclear button of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “Would he plan to comment on that anytime soon?” Phillip said. “I wouldn’t expect that.”
Phillip said there’s always a temptation to say something when the President’s son is accused of treason by a person who was the President’s top aide just a short while ago, but the Majority Leader will probably not address it. “You have to think about what you remark on and what you don’t remark on, and I think the Majority Leader will probably choose not to remark on that,” he said.
John David, Ryan’s chief of staff, said he expects the House Speaker not to weigh in on allegations that President Trump is trying to quash the independent counsel’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and the Russians, America’s long-time enemy. “Do you say something every time a president is accused of acting against the interest of his country?” David said. “I think what the House Speaker wants to do is focus on the legislative agenda of this Congress.”
David said he would be surprised if the Speaker decided to say something about the growing number of reports that the President’s top aides don’t think he’s fit for the office he holds. “Is it worthy of comment that the President’s two top economic advisors, his one-time chief of staff, and even the President’s chief foreign policy and military advisors question his mental state? I don’t know. But I suspect the Speaker probably won’t comment on it.”
The two congressional leaders are planning a full agenda for the 2018 legislative session, their aides said, so they probably won’t be commenting on the country’s growing alienation with its international allies, the drop in the country’s standing among people around the world, the debasement of its institutions, and the growing chaos as the country founders in the face of disasters, both natural and man-made. “I can’t speak for Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell, but I expect they won’t be commenting on anything unless it pertains directly to this year’s legislative agenda, which I know they’re both very excited about,” Phillip said.
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