We have all come to expect the rampant political banter that occurs between Republicans and Democrats. It is at times interesting, frightening, entertaining and sad. But when it directly affects the lives of the American people it takes on a whole new level of importance.
The presidency is without a doubt the most complex job in the world. That is precisely why the president surrounds himself with cabinet members who to help him execute the laws that Congress passes. So, when we see Senators taking potshots at each other solely on political grounds, it is disturbing to say the least.
The Daily Caller reported that such an altercation occurred on the Senate floor as Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Chuck Schumer, D-NY, debated one another over the confirmation of Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, for CIA director.
Cotton was angry about Democrat efforts to delay the confirmation vote on Pompeo’s appointment. Schumer asserted that “the Senate had never confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day, adding that Senate Republicans did not do the same for former President Barack Obama.” He argued that Cotton would have known this if he, like Schumer, had been in the Senate eight years ago. That is when Cotton shot back.
“Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton said. “So, don’t talk to me about where I was eight years ago.” The Daily Caller reported that Cotton served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
While not as irate, the Trump administration also spoke out about the delays in Pompeo’s confirmation.
“Senate Democrats are stalling the nomination of Mike Pompeo and playing politics with national security,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. President Trump said on Saturday that Pompeo “was approved basically but they’re doing little political games with me.”
Pompeo was confirmed as CIA director Monday by a 96-4 vote.
Source: The Daily Caller