Sen. Tom Cotton: Cabinet officials, lawmakers need to support Trump or resign

by Sally Persons
October 17, 2017

Sen. Tom Cotton said those who do not support President Trump’s message need to resign.

“The simple fact of the matter is the American people elected the president ultimately to make these decisions,” Mr. Cotton, Arkansas Republican, said on Fox News in an interview that aired Tuesday.

Mr. Cotton was speaking about those in the Cabinet or Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have been highly critical of the president’s message at times. The senator has previously said the president’s advisers and Cabinet officials should suggest alternative ideas if they disagree with Mr. Trump, but if the president chooses a particular course of action, then they either need to support it or remove themselves if they need to.

In Mr. Trump’s administration, rumors have swirled about disagreements with the commander-in-chief that have led to blowups.

12 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    The cabinet officials definitely need to be on board with President Trump’s initiatives.

    Senators and representatives answer to their constituents, not the president. Republicans on Capitol Hill need to consider that this president wants to enact the agenda many of them used when they ran for election. I’m tired of the games in Congress. We gave these Republicans the majorities they requested. They now need to enact the legislation they promised. Jamie Comer, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul answer to me. They need to work to enact President Trump’s agenda or come up with a legitimate reason why they can’t. So far this president seems to be eager to enact the entire conservative agenda. I expect Comer, McConnell and Paul to get in line and do their part.

  • bobnstuff says:

    The founding fathers created a three part system of checks and balances to keep any part of government from getting to much power. Congress has a job to remain independent of the president. They aren’t a rubber stamp. Also this isn’t a winner take all deal. Even though the republicans hold the majority the democrats still get some say. Any member of congress that vote against their own conscience should be there.

    1. Navy Bob says:

      Much as it pains me to say so, I agree that is the way it should work. I believe Sen Cotton is wrong to say they should blindly follow. That is how dictatorships start. Too bad it was that way in the early days of the Obama regime. He had both houses and the courts to do his bidding. Pelosi and Reid owned the largest rubber stamp concession on the eastern seaboard.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        There was one major difference in the early days of Obama, bills were debated to death. Months of debates. With the present bunch they work behind closed doors and most people don’t even know what is in the bill until they are ready to vote. As much as some people want things done fast, that’s not the way to govern a nation. Open debate, lots of ideas and transparency.

        1. Frederick Smith says:

          Ya, Obummmmmmer care comes to mind as being a bill that everyone understood before it was voted on!!!!!!!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Tell me if you can, how many months did they debate that bill, how many changes we made at the request of the Republicans that in the end didn’t vote for it anyway. Yes it was a large bill but if you noticed they took a lot of time passing it in public. Compare it with the last repeal bill that thrown together in the back room.

          2. Frederick Smith says:

            How about the democrats that voted for it and said they never even read it and I do see how well it is working even after all that public exposure. But killlary would have made it all better.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            The ACA was put together in public and spent over nine months on the floor of the congress, every amendment was voted on so there was no one in congress that didn’t know what was in that bill.

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  • goldie says:

    How about the senators (frankenstein comes to mind) who are obstructing President Trump’s appointees by not returning their blue slips? How can our President get things done when the deep state obstructs at every level? Pay attn., people, and get rid of the obstructions in 2018. Trump has been in office 10 months and he still can’t get many positions filled – for justices and for others. This is sick.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      Obstruction, didn’t the republican invent that under Obama? Also Trump needs to nominate people before they can be obstructed. Over half the open jobs have no nominees

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