GOP Loyalty to Be Tested This Week

by Steve Holland |
January 9, 2017

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell met President-elect Donald Trump on Monday and said he hoped lawmakers would confirm six or seven national security appointees by the time Trump enters the White House in 11 days.

With the Senate preparing for a crush of hearings to confirm appointees to Trump’s Cabinet, McConnell told reporters they also discussed “getting further down the road toward repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

Trump has vowed to rework President Barack Obama’s 2010 signature healthcare law.

Democrats have voiced concern that several nominees had yet to complete an ethics review process demanded by the congressional Office of Government Ethics but there was no sign this would lead to a delay.

“Everybody will be properly vetted as they have been in the past,” McConnell said at Trump Tower in New York where he met the president-elect. He said he hoped to have six or seven nominees on the national security team in place on Day One.

Trump too voiced optimism, telling reporters: “The confirmation is going great. I think they’ll all pass.”

The Senate will hold hearings on Trump’s nominees for top jobs from secretary of state to attorney general. These should test his ability to work with Congress to enact his agenda where Trump’s Republicans hold a majority.

99 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • AKLady2015 says:

    Trump’s record — personal, business and political — shows that he is a man of coveting and self-serving;. He is a liar and a cheat should not have been elevated to a position where all of America is his to protect or destroy.

  • Tiger says:

    Jeff Sessions is on the hot seat today. The Democrats are going to throw things from 30 years ago and if what he did then was so awful how is it he has been in Congress for 20 years? How about O? In his books he said he chose Communist professors. His mother’s parents were Communists. His years growing up he was always around anti-American people. On and on in the Military O’s background would have kept him from a Secret Clearance yet he was privy to our nations secrets for these last eight years.

    Sessions was writing letters to congress all these years attempting to get them out of the O Kookaid Stupor and pointing out what O was doing against the Constitution etc. He finally got sick of them sleeping on the job and made his concerns and letters public on the net. My guess is they fear him because he knows who did what and how Eric Holder and many in Congress went against the people. The snakes are shaking their rattlers and they are in “Attack Mode” I pray for good men like Sessions. He has done great things for the rights of ALL people and even got a Clansman put to death so what is their problem?

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  • olinda says:

    president Trump is the Leader and nobody is going to tell him what to do…he will do and give the orders…if they don’t like it there is a big door.

  • AKLady2015 says:

    Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich is already beginning

    1. Retired says:

      But you claimed back a while that you are rich ,You can’t have it both ways.

      1. mudguy1 says:

        Stop wasting your time and block AKLady

      2. bobnstuff says:

        If AK is wrong show us what plans the republicans have for helping anyone other then the rich. I must be missing them on the news. So far I see a cabinet full of fat cats who are pretty clueless when it comes to the real world. I’m expecting the phrase “let them eat cake”or “Let them die and decrees the surplus population” to come out of one of their mouths any day now.

        1. Retired says:

          You are about as funny and goofy as AK. She]s a old lady so what is your excuse. Or are you her spokes person??

  • CBUJAN says:

    I guarantee the democrats will do everything possible to make things difficult.

    1. AKLady2015 says:

      Trump’s mouth says he will be impeached before a year has passed.

      1. Retired says:

        You still have wet dreams at your age ?? You also said Trump would never go into the WH also.

  • Mort Leith says:

    ethics review process ? ? ?
    And they nominated the MOST corrupt piece of shiit in Hit lery ? ?

    1. AKLady2015 says:

      Or o you have been brainwashed to believe.

      1. Retired says:

        No one is more brain washed than AK the muslim.

  • PJ says:

    The new America will emerge, like the America of old that has since been forgotten since the 1980’s. It is time to go back to lead from a position of power and strength and time to right the wrongs of the past, especially those of the Obama administration. And and all those that do not subscribe to this should be pushed aside. It is time for America to lead again and bow to no one.

    1. AKLady2015 says:

      Yes, America will change. You are no going to like the change.
      Trump idolizes Putin. Guess you all missed that part of his game.

      1. Retired says:

        At least he is not a Mslim like your brother Obama.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          We shouldn’t attack Trump but it’s OK for you to attack Obama.

          1. Retired says:

            Obama was in office for 8 years and Trump has not even sworn in yet . That is the differense.

          2. bobnstuff says:

            And how long did it take for the attacks to begin? When did you start attacking him. I showed that the started day one in the media.

          3. Retired says:

            The media bent over for Obama as well as both Clintons, who are you trying to kid. Our Media is lopsided just as you are.

  • Stephen Howe says:

    Trump needs to come down HARD to idiots like Graham & “Forrestal” McCain if they get in the way.

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      Uhh, they were ALL re-elected.

      1. pianobill says:

        Graham is up for re-election in 2018. I live in SC.
        Pretty boy Lindsey will not be re-elected then. He is a disgrace.

        1. CharlieSeattle says:

          You will have to do better in the next Republican Primary. HeII, the Democrat, Brad Hutto at 36.83%, did better in the general election!

          2014 Republican primary results:
          Candidate ~ Votes ~ %

          Lindsey Graham ~ 178,833 ~ 56.42%
          Lee Bright ~ 48,904 ~ 15.53%
          Richard Cash ~ 26,325 ~ 8.3%
          Det Bowers ~ 23,172 ~ 7.31%
          Nancy Mace ~ 19,634 ~ 6.19%
          Bill Connor ~ 16,912 ~ 5.34%
          Benjamin Dunn ~ 3,209 ~ 1.01%


      2. David Stewart says:

        Well, if your vote was between Pelosi and Reid, what YOU do? We DO need a viable choice!

        1. CharlieSeattle says:

          Pelosi is a Democrat!

          1. David Stewart says:

            That’s my point; what choice did you have?

          2. CharlieSeattle says:

            Dud, No RINO’s

          3. AKLady2015 says:

            Register “Independent”

          4. Retired says:

            You saw how far a independent got, not one Electoral vote. How many Independents are in Congress ??

          5. AKLady2015 says:

            Why should that matter?
            We elect people to do a job.

          6. Retired says:

            And a rotten one at that, Millionaires do not care about the working people. Peelosi would not get elected if she ran as a republican. Time will tell how Trump works out.

        2. charles becker says:

          Shoot them both.

      3. AKLady2015 says:

        We the People do the hiring and firing.
        If ‘The Donald’ does not do the job the way we want him to, we will fire him.

        1. Retired says:

          Here you go again with your lies , YOU have been bashing Trump and now you use the word we. You are not part of the we group.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Unless something has changed Trump is the president of and for all the citizens, both republicans and democrats. He is even the president of those that didn’t vote for him. Last I look we are still the United States of America, not the Republican States of America.

          2. CharlieSeattle says:

            Democrats are not Patriots, not anymore.

          3. Retired says:

            With all the Trump bashers nation wide, we are NOT a United US .Obama and the Clintons made sure of that. The man is not even in the WH and some are already trying to have him impeached. The Democrats need to stop what they are doing.

          4. bobnstuff says:

            In our country we have free speech, at least until Trump changes it like he said he would like to. How many times on this sight have we seen people attacking President Obama, you yourself do it almost daily. It is the people who spread lies and half truths that are really doing the damage. Trump is being treated by the left about as well as the right treated Obama from Day one.
            “Before President Obama made his first official State of the Union address on January 27, 2010, right-wing media pundits called the speech “stupid” “propaganda.” Fox host Sean Hannity repeatedly referred to the upcoming speech as “propaganda,” and former Fox host Glenn Beck told his viewers
            “you don’t even have to watch this stupid speech tonight. I’ll watch it for you so you don’t have to.” Beck added, “I want to hang myself over watching this.” Fox Business’ John Stossel asked Obama to use the
            address to apologize for being “arrogant.” After his speech, media personalities criticized Obama, and claimed he didn’t show enough humility. Stossel said Obama “certainly didn’t sound humbled,” and only a few minutes into the address, National Review’s John Hood criticized Obama’s “cadence and rhythm” for coming “across as flippant and arrogant.” The talking point wasn’t anything new — frequent Fox guest
            Ben Stein had predicted that “we’ll see Obama with his fake modesty and his fake humility” before the speech took place. Once again, Glenn Beck joined the chorus: “the arrogance from the moment this guy walked in, the arrogance — there’s no humility there.”
            The worst part this wasn’t the first attack from the right. So tell me that things are different now.

          5. Retired says:

            You are naming one halfway right wing source, while over 90% of the US media is left wing. Obamas bashing was not as bad in the beginning until he Showed his Racist side with his bother All Sharpton and Jackson. Obama divided the Country with his overwhelming support for less then 20% of the population.

          6. bobnstuff says:

            My right wing source quoted all the big names in right wing media. Are you saying they didn’t say those things? You must be mistaken about the Rev. Al and the Rev. Jessie since Obama is a Muslim by your statement and he could never be associated ministers. And what was Obama’s last approval rating? 56%.

          7. Retired says:

            Your source does not even cover 10% of the right wing media while 90% of the left wing are anti republican. Anyone can become a Rev. with a correspondence course. If you call all democrats and only get 56% that is piss poor.

      4. MoonBeamWatcher says:

        Graham wasn’t elected to anything!
        He inherited his fathers Bullypulpit.

      5. Retired says:

        It was a choice to elect them or a Demonrat.

        1. CharlieSeattle says:

          No, It was a choice to elect the RINO in the Primary and NOT support a patriot!

          1. Retired says:

            The primaries in some states suck as you can not cross party lines. Which in turn gives you bad choices at the election time. Just like some require you to claim a party.

          2. CharlieSeattle says:

            Irrelevant, vote for the Patriot, not the well funded e/GOP RINO.

          3. Retired says:

            So you would rather have a DemonRat ??

          4. CharlieSeattle says:

            Duh, Democrats do not run in the REPUBLICAN primary election.

          5. Retired says:

            Not all states run the primary the same way.

          6. CharlieSeattle says:

            I said …RUN not …VOTE!

          7. Retired says:

            Picky picky , the end results are the same , voters are stuck with bad choices do to the primaries.

          8. CharlieSeattle says:

            At least learn the terminology.

          9. CharlieSeattle says:

            Democrats are not Patriots, not anymore.

          10. Bob says:

            Democrats should not be able to dictate who the GOP runs for office.

          11. Retired says:

            It is called chose the lessor of two Evils in most cases.

        2. Bob says:

          I had the same situation in Arizona with McCain. I had to close my eyes and hold my nose to vote for him. The majority in the senate was at stake and we certainly do not need another flaming liberal such as Chuckie Schumer.

          1. dmttbt says:

            That is what the whole country is saying, how do I have a choice when they give us no choice. An honest person in office will not last long. The people with seniority wi;;; crush them if they don’t go along.

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    2. AKLady2015 says:

      Maybe you should learn how your government functions.
      We the People elect Congress.
      You need to take responsibility for your actions.

      1. Retired says:

        AK the US Troll Queen has arrived to spread more garbage. Even the State she Claims to live in voted for Trump.

      2. Stephen Howe says:

        Like McCain took responsibility for causing the greatest disaster is US naval history? (See USS Forrestal.) If not for his Admiral daddy, I suspect McCain would have been drummed out of the service PDQ. I also suspect his Admiral daddy was the reason the VC didn’t just execute McCain instead of making him a POW.

        I’m not implying that Trump could remove Graham & McCain from office, but Trump could & should pull their teeth (and Congressional strings to get these turncoats “repurposed” just like “Boner” was removed from power last year).

        1. AKLady2015 says:

          Graham and McCain are elected by the people they represent. You do not get to make choices for those voters.

          1. Stephen Howe says:

            Wait! Don’t the Dems want to make choices for the patriots who elected Trump by a landslide?

          2. AKLady2015 says:

            Hillary won the popular vote.
            That documents that the Electoral College does not follow the will of the people.

          3. Stephen Howe says:

            Hillary only won the “popular vote” in California & NY.

            TRUMP won the “popular vote” in all the states awarding him electoral votes. And a LANDSLIDE victory at that!

            Didn’t you ever study why the EC was invented in the first place? It was to give legal citizens not living in huge, heavily populated areas a voice in who becomes President. Otherwise we might as well just ask the folks in LA & NYC to determine who becomes President.

            You know good & well that if the results had been reversed that:
            -Trump would not have been a crybaby, demanding recounts in every state, and…
            -The DNC would have lauded the EC as being “the greatest idea of our founding fathers” and would have attributed Trump’s winning the plurality to the “fact” that half of America is populated by racist, elderly, white hillbillies.

            You Libtards are THE hypocrites of the century!

          4. AKLady2015 says:

            Maybe you should read more and insult less. Hillary received 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%),

            All of these men have something in common besdes not having the popular vote:

            John Quincy Adams (R),
            Rutherford B. Hayes (R),
            Benjamin Harrison (R),
            George W. Bush (R)
            Donald Trump (R).

            They are the only ones with that honor. Now, maybe the question of election fraud should be taken seriously. What do you think?

            Oh, and faithless electors played ganes with this election. Three of the faithless electors voted for Colin Powell while John Kasich, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Faith Spotted Eagle each received one vote.

          5. Stephen Howe says:

            Yes…you are talking about the cumulative national popular vote…which is irrelevant, since we don’t elect Presidents that way. EC votes are assigned to the winners of the popular vote IN EACH STATE!

          6. AKLady2015 says:

            Fact: Three of the faithless electors voted for Colin Powell while John Kasich, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Faith Spotted Eagle each received one vote.

            Please be kind enough to inform all America as to which States gave then the popular vote.

          7. Stephen Howe says:

            None, of course, but your “argument” is specious. Even though Hillary lost even more EC votes than Trump in this feckless, attempted election sabotage, all states need to tighten up EC rules & regulations to prevent any such stupid “protest” votes in the future. Electors must adhere to their oath to vote as their citizens dictated, or face felony charges and loooong prison terms…not simple fine$…and no more “recounts” demanded by ((candidates)) with no legitimate standing to do so. ((Stein)) & Hillary are the zenith of hypocrisy after insisting that Trump would unravel democracy by contesting his “loss,” then doing exactly the same thing. The CRYBABY party simply cannot seem to lose any election without throwing a tantrum…vis a vis Crybaby Gore. You can always spot a Dem, by their mating call of “That’s NOT FAIR! NOT FAIR! NOT FAIR! Waaaaa!

          8. AKLady2015 says:

            You stated that “EC votes are assigned to the winners of the popular vote IN EACH STATE!”

            I simply proved your statement false.

          9. Stephen Howe says:

            Sigh…ok, you win…”Are intended to be awarded to popular vote winners in each state”…turncoat EC electors not with standing. You are tiresome, and knew what I meant.

          10. AKLady2015 says:

            Say what you mean; mean what you say s about consistency between one’s thoughts and words.

    3. Edith McGlynn says:

      Sometimes it is just good sense to sweep the dirt out if it is causing problems for others. These guy’s age is a definite factor called jealousy they are miserable and want everybody to join their circle of discontents.

    4. Tiger says:

      After what Graham has said publicly about the President elect he should never be allowed to sit in Congress again or McCain. They are so dripping with the stench of Obama they can barely stand up.

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    It is toss up right now if the e/GOP RINO’s will continue to side with the Democrats, like they have the past 8 years, and try to block all of them.

    1. James Harris says:

      I hope TRUMP tells us if any REPUBLICAN [RINO] stands in his way give us the names the true patriots will take it from there

      1. CharlieSeattle says:

        …stands in …HIS way?

        The e/GOP RINO’s are complicit in enabling 100% of Obama’s treasonous agenda the past 8 years.

        The e/GOP RINO’s have been standing in the way of conservative Americans for 6 years before Trump began his run.

        Those same stupid conservative Americans re-elected the RINO’s!

        Trump is just one man. American conservatives have to vote out the RINO’s and that will take several election cycles.

    2. AKLady2015 says:

      How about they all do the job they were elected to do?
      Congress is supposed to be about ‘We the People:.
      This Democrat this, RINO that, Republican foolery has to stop.

      1. Retired says:

        But you supported al the Demorats foolishness.

  • Tiger says:

    Trump is the reason for this season of overwhelming Republican wins and Ryan said so don’t forget lest you fall back into the deep and dark recesses of the Progressive dens of inequity.

    1. AKLady2015 says:

      Trump idolizes Putin. Guess you all missed that part of his game.

      1. Retired says:

        Just because he might be able to sit down with Putin is more than your Brown Clown did. So where is the game other than Obama losing along with the Clinton game.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          For the first four years Obama did just fine with Putin and until Putin’s action put a strain on thing US and Russia were doing alright but around 2013 everything feel apart. There are a long list of actions that the US had to react to.
          “December 2012: With congressional passage of the Magnitsky Act, Russian officials tied to the death of accountant Sergei Magnitsky — he died in Russian police custody, prompting humanitarian complaints — are banned from entering the U.S. and have their American assets frozen. Putin vows a proportional response.”

          Trump is being played for a fool by Putin and if you don’t see it open your eyes. There is a lot on money on the table and Putin will walk away with it thanks to Trump.

          1. Retired says:

            Keep on bashing Putin while China sticks it in your rear just like it is happening in the EU.

          2. bobnstuff says:

            Putin is a slime bag dictator, he kills people who don’t agree with him and is truly a bad actor . If this is the type of leader you like it’s no wonder you like Trump. It’s going to be real nice of Trump to hand him a 500 billion dollar deal. Iran is small potatoes in comparison,

          3. Retired says:

            Where did you get this 500 billion deal stuff from MSN or CNN ? You forget about how many in China are executed and disappear. Where is your body count that followed the Clinton Trail. You are a die hard DemonRAT.

          4. Retired says:

            I don’t soil my eyes reading that trash media.They are left wing to the hilts who are trying to push Clinton to become Mayor.

      2. CharlieSeattle says:

        W Bush had a sick “Man Crush” on Putin.

        1. Retired says:

          Putin and the English leader got along with G Bush , Who did Obama get along with other than Muslims that he represented ??

          1. CharlieSeattle says:

            The entire e/GOP RINO Congressional leadership!

          2. Retired says:

            So you admit Obama did not get along with other Countries.

          3. CharlieSeattle says:

            I think you misplaced your irrelevant BS.

          4. CharlieSeattle says:

            Thx, for not disagreeing!

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