‘Brace For Impact’: Congressional Republicans In Panic Mode As Trump WH In ‘Downward Spiral’
Congressional Republicans barely had time to get their footing Monday, as another stunning development swept the Capitol. As they met inside the chamber, a bombshell report that President Donald Trump had revealed sensitive intelligence to Russia’s foreign minister and US ambassador shook them to the core.
Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker said the wave of negative stories related to Trump and intelligence meant the White House is in a “downward spiral.”
“They are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that’s happening,” Corker told reporters according to CNN. “The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think — it creates a worrisome environment,” he added.
Even those who had been reluctant to criticize Trump said Monday’s report raised questions that needed answers.
“We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation’s secrets is paramount,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan. “The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration.”
Republican Susan Collins, a Maine senator, put her party’s apparent exasperation more concisely in a light-hearted aside comment to reporters. “Can we have a crisis-free day? That’s all I’m asking.”
Lawmakers were largely caught off guard by Monday’s development. Democratic leaders said that if the report is true, then the President put American lives at risk.
“If the report is true, it is very disturbing,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “Revealing classified information at this level is extremely dangerous and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also slammed Trump and called for a briefing, the network reported.
“Congress must be given a full briefing on the extent of the damage President Trump has done in compromising highly classified code-word intelligence to the Russians,” the California Democrat said, according to CNN.
“This is really concerning that he doesn’t understand that certain information you don’t share with Russia. You just don’t. Share. With. Russia.” said Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Asked if Trump should still have access to sensitive intelligence if he leaks it to Russian officials, McCaskill said: “He’s president of the United States. That’s the dilemma.
God help us all.