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President Trump called out Rep. Liz Cheney for being “upset” with his administration for getting the U.S. out of “ridiculous and costly Endless Wars.”
The president tweeted his comments about the Wyoming Republican on Thursday, in an apparent reaction to her recent criticisms of him over various issues like the wearing of protective masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cheney has also come under fire from Republicans who have defended Trump and accused her of inciting division.
“Liz Cheney is only upset because I have been actively getting our great and beautiful Country out of the ridiculous and costly Endless Wars,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “I am also making our so-called allies pay tens of billions of dollars in delinquent military costs. They must, at least, treat us fairly!!!”
Liz Cheney is only upset because I have been actively getting our great and beautiful Country out of the ridiculous and costly Endless Wars. I am also making our so-called allies pay tens of billions of dollars in delinquent military costs. They must, at least, treat us fairly!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2020
The House Republican Caucus Chairwoman has been at odds with Trump over several issues, seeming to publicly take a jab at him last month when she posted a photo of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, wearing a mask, adding the caption: “Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK. #realmenwearmasks.”
Dick Cheney mask photo trends under ‘#RealMenWearMasks’ https://t.co/E6vXWdwnEq
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 27, 2020
She sang the praises of Dr. Anthony Fauci in May, calling him “one of the finest public servants we have ever had” who is “not a partisan.” Last month, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House demanded the White House “explain” why Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not briefed on reports that Russia allegedly offered bounties for the deaths of U.S. troops.
If reporting about Russian bounties on US forces is true, the White House must explain:
1. Why weren’t the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB?
2. Who did know and when?
3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 28, 2020
Cheney was reportedly called out in a heated closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference this week, and House Freedom Caucus members also criticized her including Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, as well as Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Florida’s Matt Gaetz.
“The GOP Conference will be stronger if Liz Cheney is no longer leading it,” Gaetz tweeted Tuesday.
Liz Cheney feels the heat over Trump criticism, Fauci support in closed-door GOP conference https://t.co/xLKcNqwtiS pic.twitter.com/1hWYit0ZFP
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 21, 2020
Cheney reportedly defended herself during this week’s GOP session, saying at one point: “I look forward to hearing your comments about being a team player when we’re back in the majority.”
“Liz Cheney has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda,” Gaetz tweeted. “House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair. Liz Cheney should step down or be removed. #MAGA.”
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., shared the lawmaker’s tweet, adding: “We already have one Mitt Romney, we don’t need another…”
We already have one Mitt Romney, we don’t need another… we also don’t need the endless wars she advocates for. https://t.co/RDkJDA9UOZ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 21, 2020
The president retweeted the post from Gaetz as well as one from Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky who had also called out Cheney.
We should all join @realDonaldTrump in advocating to stop our endless wars. Liz Cheney not only wants to stay forever, she’s leading the fight to try to stop him from leaving. Unacceptable. https://t.co/yCS93P3zos
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 21, 2020
Cheney addressed some of the contention during an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” saying there are a “wide range of views within our conference” and that there was “a healthy discussion about a whole range of issues.”
(Source: Fox News)
Cheney added that she votes in agreement with Trump “something like 97 percent of the time,” adding that “in my experience, the president appreciates people who are direct, people who explain what they think.”
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