President Trump dismissed criticism over his lack of nominees to fill empty positions in the State Department, arguing that his position is the one “that matters.”
In a wide ranging interview Thursday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” the president discussed the vacancies in key State Department positions.
Trump says he's not worried about unfilled State Department roles b/c "the one that matters is me. I am the only one that matters." pic.twitter.com/JxcWiy7ozY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 3, 2017
“Let me tell you, the one that matters is me, I’m the only one that matters because when it comes to it that’s what the policy is going to be,” Trump said.
“We don’t need all the people that they want,” he continued. “Don’t forget, I’m a business person and I tell my people, well you don’t need to fill slots, don’t fill them.”
Naturally, CNN panelists had a meltdown over the comments, including former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin declaring the president’s claim he is “the only one that matters” is just Trump “confessing of his authoritarian tendencies.”
The remark also set off a firestorm on Twitter.
Trump’s presidency summed up in 6 words. “…I’m the only one that matters.”
— Angela Kaker (@a_kaker) November 3, 2017
That’s right Mr. Trump, u r the only one that matters. Remember that when things go wrong & you’re blaming others. Accept the responsibility
— Julie Barker (@Sunnymorningday) November 3, 2017
And that’s the problem in a nutshell. You are a servant of the People. You’re not infallible nor are you Emperor! https://t.co/q94aWDboGv
— Lars Hurst (@larshurst) November 3, 2017
He has a very good brain. He’s kind of a smart guy. Who else could he possibly need?
— Linda Lee (@Lindatn52) November 3, 2017
The president placed the blame for more nominees not getting approved on Senate Democrats though he admitted he has nominated fewer people.
“We’re filling up roles. And, don’t forget, Schumer and the Democrats are just obstructing. You can’t get anything through. We have almost about half the number of people coming through as Obama had. They are obstructing,” Trump said.
Falling behind the previous four presidents in the number of confirmed appointments by the Senate by this time, Trump has also nominated fewer people in comparison, according to The Hill.
“We have to get our people in. But in addition to that, we don’t need all of the people, you know, it’s called cost saving,” Trump said. “There’s nothing wrong with cost saving.”
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