Moments ago, President Trump says he will use his constitutional authority to adjourn Congress and make recess appointments if they do not vote on his nominees.
“We need these people here. We need people for this crisis and we don’t want to play any more political games.”
WATCH: President Trump says he will use his constitutional authority to adjourn Congress and make recess appointments if they do not vote on his nominees.
"We need these people here. We need people for this crisis and we don't want to play any more political games." pic.twitter.com/bcb317lQjh
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 15, 2020
WashingtonExaminer reports President Trump threatened to adjourn Congress if the Senate fails to approve scores of nominees for key positions.
During his regular White House briefing on the novel coronavirus on Wednesday he railed against the “partisan” obstructionism he said had held up 129 appointments who could all be helping in the virus response.
He called on senators to vote on the nominees or adjourn so that he could make recess appointments.
“It’s always roadblocks or a waste of time,” he said. “If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress.”
“The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis,” he said.
“It is a scam what they do,” Trump said.
Many Democrats were not pleased with the move and voiced their opinion on Twitter.
(1,2) As crazy as we think things were, he just amped it up and we may see a whole new level of crazy. Trump just said he is likely to "adjourn Congress" in order to bypass ANY oversight and give HUNDREDS of his Extremist Right Wing Federal Judges LIFETIME tenure and to approve
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) April 15, 2020
In middle of pandemic Trump threatens to adjourn congress if lawmakers don’t approve his nominees. WH says constitution allows him to do it. “I have a very strong power,” Trump says. Trump points to nominee to oversee Voice of America as if that justifies such a drastic move.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 15, 2020
Trump griping about Dems blocking nominees and says Senate should adjourn so he can install nominees via recess appointments. To do so, there needs to be consent on both sides. If not, he says he‘ll use his power to force adjournment, something that‘ll prompt a fight with Dems
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 15, 2020