WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of “plunging the country into chaos” amid ongoing negotiations over a government funding bill and the administration’s abrupt reshuffling of military strategy.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., described the administration’s vacillation over the government funding bill and the decision late Thursday of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to leave Trump’s Cabinet as “chaotic” and repeatedly accused the president of “throwing a temper tantrum.”
“President Trump is plunging the country into chaos,” Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was “shaken” by news of Mattis’ departure. The Defense secretary cited differences with Trump’s strategy to explain his decision to leave the administration in February. Pelosi described Mattis as “a voice of stability” in Washington.
“I’m shaken by the news because of the patriot that Secretary Mattis is,” Pelosi said. “I think everybody in the country should read his letter of resignation.”
White House officials downplayed the rapid developments on Thursday. Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the president, told CNN that it is “very normal at this point in an administration to have turnover.”
Miller said Trump has a “fabulous” relationship with Mattis but that “this president got elected to get our foreign policy back on the right track after years of being adrift.”
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