Trump calls out GOP for ‘disloyal’ ‘birther’ comments on ‘dismal’ GOP agenda
“I think he was saying that people are not loyal to the president, that they are disloyal to him,” said Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., who said he believes the comments were directed at the Republican leadership.
“The White House is not a banana republic.
It is not run by some clownish dictator.
The president has been elected to lead the country, and that’s his job to do so,” Faso said.
“I don’t know why the president would think that people would not be loyal to him.”
“It’s a real problem that the president is having,” said former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a leading Trump critic in the 2016 presidential race.
“He’s not a dictator.
He’s not going to do anything to undermine him.
The White House has a very loyal staff.
But you’re asking them to do things that they shouldn’t be doing, when they know there is a real danger to the country and that it’s a disaster waiting to happen.”
The comments, which came in a speech Tuesday, also drew sharp rebukes from some Democrats and Republicans.
“It is beyond absurd that the White House would call the American people ‘bitter’ over the president’s policies and rhetoric,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“When the president says the people are ‘sick’ of him, then it is obvious that his supporters are too.
It’s also clear that the people do not understand what the president really believes.”
The president’s top political strategist, Kellyanne Conway, told reporters Tuesday that the administration would continue to work with Congress to address the country’s problems.
“We will continue to have the utmost respect for the legislative process and will work with the Congress to make sure that they have the opportunity to vote on the president,” she said.