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Chuck Schumer: GOP Will Break From Trump Within Months

| by Robert Fowler

The Senate Minority Leader, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, has predicted that his GOP colleagues will break from President Donald Trump before the end of the year. In Schumer's view, mainstream Republicans will ultimately be at odds with Trump's policy initiatives.

On Feb. 21, Schumer asserted that congressional Republicans were unhappy with Trump during an interview with the talk show "The View."

"When you talk to Republicans quietly -- in the cloakroom or in the gym, they are having real problems with him," Schumer said, according to the Washington Examiner. "Now, very few ... have had the courage to oppose him even though they know he's doing a lot of things that are against what America is all about."

While Schumer indicates that Republicans are uneasy with Trump's agenda behind the scenes, in public the GOP leadership has shown no signs of breaking from their standard-bearer.

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On Feb. 17, the Senate Majority Leader, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters that while he was unhappy with Trump's social media habits, he was otherwise pleased by the president's policy initiatives.

"I've been pretty candid with him and all of you that I'm not a fan of the daily tweets," McCain said, according to The Hill.

Despite voicing disapproval of the media controversies stirred up by Trump, he stood by his executive actions and Cabinet selections.

"As I look at what we might have expected from a President Mitt Romney, a President Marco Rubio or a President Jeb Bush at the beginning of their tenures in office, I can't see much difference between what a President Trump is doing and what they might have done," McConnell concluded.

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On Feb. 13, one anonymous GOP lawmaker expressed frustration with Trump after the president delivered a heated 75-minute press conference before reporters. The congressional Republican asserted that his colleagues were adjusting to Trump's controversial personal style as the new normal.

"That's just the s*** that happens," the GOP lawmaker told CNN. "I don't know how else to manage it. We're just trying to manage this s***."

Schumer believes that Republicans are currently standing by Trump amid his controversies because they want to support their party brand, adding that they have been placated by his Supreme Court Justice nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

"They are party loyalists," Schumer said of his GOP colleagues. "He's given them a Supreme Court nominee that they want, but my prediction is that if he keeps up on this path ... within three to four months, you're going to see a whole lot of Republicans breaking with him."

The Senate Minority Leader concluded that only the GOP majority in Congress has the power to curtail Trump's more controversial policy proposals, concluding that a Republican break from the president is "the hope of America."

Sources: CNN, The Hill, Washington Examiner / Photo credit: Senate Democrats/Flickr

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