President Donald Trump and the Republican party have never really gotten along. Trump was an outsider during his campaign, and he hasn’t been afraid to call out Republicans for not supporting his agenda.
During his presidency, Trump and the Republicans have worked closely at times, but there have still been some conflicts between Trump and certain GOP senators.
It is possible that these senators might not be around much longer to challenge Trump. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is planning primary fights against a number of Republican senators, Politico reported.
Bannon is reportedly getting ready to challenge Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker.
We should point out that right now this is all speculation, based on a few meetings between Bannon associates and potential primary challenges.
The Trump administration has taken no official stance on primaries, though Trump hasn’t been afraid to attack these senators on Twitter.
Trump is still seething from the GOP-led Senate failing to pass a repeal of Obamacare, and he blames the Republican party for that particular disaster, which might make him inclined to back primary challenges of these senators.
The Hill noted that taking such action wouldn’t exactly be new. Breitbart backed a series of “insurgent” candidates who ran against sitting Republican senators in 2014.
CNN noted that during an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Bannon didn’t pull any punches attacking the Republican leadership for failing to support Trump’s agenda.
“They’re going to be held accountable if they do not support the president of the United States,” Bannon stated. “Right now, there’s no accountability. … They do not support the president’s program. It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill. Everybody in this city knows it.”
Trump’s relationship with Republicans is going to become even more frayed in the wake of his recent deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer which angered a large number of Republicans in both houses of Congress. As The Hill noted, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a prominent GOP critic of the president, was likely speaking for a good number of Republicans when he took to social media to denounce the deal.
Ultimately, the next few months could be key to determining if Trump ends up supporting primary challengers to any of these senators. If Congress can get its act together and pass legislation, Trump might not need to start challenging members of his own party.
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source: Conservative Tribune