Donald Trump May Have Crossed The Line Picking Herman Cain

Donald Trump May Have Crossed The Line With Senate Republicans In His Controversial Pick Herman Cain
Donald Trump may have crossed the line with Senate Republicans in his controversial pick for the Federal Reserve Board Herman Cain. (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

President Donald Trump may have gone too far where his own Republican Party is concerned when he chose to announce a controversial pick in Herman Cain for the Federal Reserve Board. This without so much as a warning to his cohorts.

Some of the Republican Representatives in the Senate were in a huff after he made another one of his sudden announcements without any consultation or going through the correct channels.

In response to Trump's seeming disregard for convention regarding nominees, Senator John Cornyn (Representative-Texas) expressed his consternation, saying that in the event that someone's name is "floated" for a position, there should be some form of consultation as to whether this or that person is acceptable.

He went on to say that there ought to be "more communication" as well as "collaboration." He accused the president of now wanting "to do it himself" and that maybe he "figures" he did not need a slew of advisers.

And in reference to Trump's characteristic Twitter forays, Cornyn reacted that many "informal mechanisms" being used to share information "are not really working well" at the moment.

According to Cornyn, it would be better to avoid "embarrassment" for all concerned, the "nominees," or the "senators," or for the "President" himself.

Two other Senators, Mitch McConnell (Representative-Kentucky) who is the Majority Leader, and Lindsey Graham (Representative-South Carolina) who is the Judiciary Committee Chairman, agree with Cornyn that there should be constant communication between the White House and the Republicans in Congress.

McConnell says that is "good advice," while Graham pointed out the need for the president to "collaborate" and to "run names, past people." She believed that it would be to the White House's benefit to submit to a form of consultation, "instead of just reading about it," she vented.

Eyebrows were raised at Trump's choice in Cain, and some are wondering whether the former has forgotten the circumstances under which his chosen one had to bow out of the 2012 GOP presidential race.

Mr. "9-9-9," as Cain is known, had faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, which is why, at this early point, four senators from Trump's own party have already declared that they will not be supporting the President's choice.

These are Senators Cory Gardner (Representative-Colorado), Lisa Murkowski (Representative-Alaska), Mitt Romney (Representative-Utah), and Kevin Cramer (Representative-North Dakota).

North Dakota's Representative, Cramer, who is identified as an ally to the President, said that he "couldn't vote" for Cain if he had to do it "today," citing the considerable allegations against him during the last race for the presidency.

The Democrats have a unified position as well against a Cain nomination. In the Republican-dominated 100-member chamber and four Republicans against his nomination, even without the President's nomination, Cain's possibilities are already over before it started.

Cain, 73, has previously declared that the allegations leveled against him were untrue. But with the numbers against him, it is possible that he may withdraw. In the face of his video which he put out earlier on social media, he referred to the vetting process as "cumbersome," some take this as a signal he just might.

Trump has indicated that it was Cain's decision if he wanted to follow through.

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