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Trump is a chaos agent in his final days between fighting with Congress, raising fears of war with Iran, and continuing his futile effort to overturn the election


#With just 20 days left in office, #Trump appears bent on dragging the country down with him. A lot can happen in 20 days.

  • #President #Donald #Trump has been a historically chaotic and destructive commander in chief, and he appears set on taking this to new levels in his final days.
  • #Trump has sparked a fight with #Republicans in #Congress over bigger COVID-19 stimulus checks and is dividing the party over his antidemocratic effort to overturn the election result.
  • #Trump’s antics could cost the GOP its #Senate majority.
  • The president has also issued new threats toward #Iran as the US sends B-52 bombers to the #Persian #Gulf in a show of force, sparking fears of a new war in the #Middle #East.
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#President #Donald #Trump has done immeasurable damage to the US throughout his time in office, with his administration stumbling from one self-induced crisis to the next. #But with less than a month left, #Trump has apparently decided to turn things up a notch.

The president is ramping up his penchant for chaos in his final days, pitting himself against #Republicans in #Congress, sowing chaos in #Washington, sparking fears of a conflict with #Iran, and continuing his unhinged, futile effort to overturn the result of the 2020 election.

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#Presidents generally aren’t remembered for what they do as they’re heading out the door. #Lame-duck presidents tend to take it slow in order to foster a peaceful transfer of power. #But as he has done with virtually every other democratic norm, #Trump is breaking from that in major ways as he rejects the election result and compulsively seeks attention.

The president’s unorthodox antics are having serious consequences beyond generating headlines.

#Trump sparks a fight over COVID-19 stimulus checks that could cost the GOP its #Senate majority

#Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell and #Trump at the #White #House in #July.
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#Though #Trump has shown little interest in governing since he lost the election to #Joe #Biden, the president nearly derailed the latest COVID-19 stimulus package this month.

#Treasury #Secretary #Steven #Mnuchin played a key role in the painstaking negotiations behind the $900 billion bill, and #Republican lawmakers strongly supported the legislation. #When #Trump initially refused to sign the bill, it sent shockwaves through #Washington.

The president demanded that the $600 direct payments, which #Mnuchin had personally pushed for, be raised to $2,000. #In calling for fatter checks, #Trump has effectively aligned himself with #Democrats. The president ultimately caved and signed the bill on #Sunday. #But with the delay, #Trump may have cost millions of #Americans unemployment benefits while they’re in desperate need of assistance.

#In light of #Trump’s support, the #Democratic-led #House passed a stand-alone bill to raise the payments to $2,000.

#Trump has also continued to push for $2,000 checks, telling congressional #Republicans who oppose it that they must have a “death wish.” #He’s put his own party in a terrible position ahead of the #Senate runoff elections in #Georgia, which will determine whether #Republicans maintain their majority in the upper chamber.

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The $2,000 checks are extremely popular with #Americans, but top #Republican lawmakers have cited concerns about the deficit in pushing against bigger payments. #By supporting the $2,000 checks, #Trump has essentially ensured that #Republicans will be painted as villains for objecting to a proposal that would help millions of #Americans.

#Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell, who is leading the charge against the checks, has pulled one of his #Machiavellian maneuvers to ensure that the proposal is dead in the water. #McConnell has injected poison pills into the bill, packaging the $2,000 checks with #Trump’s demands for repealing legal protections for social-media companies and an inquiry into his allegations of voter fraud.

#McConnell knows #Democrats would never agree to such a package, and that’s the point. The #Kentucky #Republican said the #House-passed bill had “no realistic path to quickly pass the #Senate.”

#But #Trump is not letting up. “$2000 ASAP!” he tweeted on #Wednesday. The president is driving a wedge in the GOP over the matter. GOP #Sen. #Lindsey #Graham of #South #Carolina, a top ally of #Trump’s, is now urging #McConnell to support a standalone vote on the checks. #Republican #Sens. #Kelly #Loeffler and #David #Perdue, who are fighting for their political lives in the #Georgia runoff, have also come out in support of the checks.

#Trump’s rejection of the election results is also tearing the GOP apart

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#Trump and #Joe #Biden at a presidential debate.
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#Trump’s ongoing rejection of the election results has also induced divisions in the GOP.

#Congress is set to certify the #Electoral #College vote on #January 6. A group of #House #Republicans plan to object to certification, and GOP #Sen. #Josh #Hawley of #Missouri on #Wednesday became the first senator to say they’ll object to the results.

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#Hawley’s move means that the certification of #Biden’s win will be delayed, but it will not impact the result of the election. The #Missouri senator is forcing a pointless vote that will put #Republican lawmakers on the spot on whether they’re willing to embrace or reject #Trump’s effort to overturn the election, which is based on conspiracy theories and groundless assertions of mass voter fraud.

#McConnell has privately urged senators against objecting to the certification, which is typically a formality, citing the potential political ramifications. #Other #Republicans have publicly excoriated #Hawley and any other GOP colleague supporting the effort.

“The president and his allies are playing with fire,” GOP #Sen. #Ben #Sasse of #Nebraska said in a #Facebook post on #Wednesday. “They have been asking – first the courts, then state legislatures, now the #Congress – to overturn the results of a presidential election.”

“They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. #If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence,” #Sasse added. “#But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of #Congress who will object to the #Electoral #College vote.”

#As he sows chaos in #Washington, #Trump is also renewing fears of war with #Iran

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#An #Iranian holds a photo of #Qassem #Soleimani in #Tehran after his assassination in #January.
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#Beyond his battles with #Congress over the stimulus and election results, #Trump is raising fears of conflict with #Iran. The US this week sent B-52 bombers to fly over the #Persian #Gulf region send a message to #Tehran after a recent rocket attack on the US #Embassy in #Baghdad that the #Trump administration said was the work of #Iranian proxy forces.

#Trump has also been threatening #Iran via his preferred means of communicating official government business. “#Our embassy in #Baghdad got hit #Sunday by several rockets,” #Trump tweeted on #December 23. “#Three rockets failed to launch. #Guess where they were from: IRAN.”

“#Some friendly health advice to #Iran: #If one #American is killed, I will hold #Iran responsible. #Think it over,” #Trump added.

#Iran’s top diplomat in a #Thursday tweet accused #Trump of being involved in a plot to “fabricate” a “pretext for war.”

#This all comes roughly a year after #Trump ordered a drone strike that killed #Iran’s top general, #Qassem #Soleimani, and nearly sparked a new conflict in the #Middle #East.

#Simultaneously, #Biden has accused the #Pentagon of stonewalling him on vital national security issues, refusing to provide comprehensive briefings.

“#Make no mistake, this lack of cooperation has real-world implications, most concerningly as it relates to our national security,” #Yohannes #Abraham, the head of #Biden’s transition team, said during a virtual news briefing on #Wednesday. “#This intentionally generated opacity makes it harder for our government to protect the #American people moving forward.”

#With just 20 days left in office and amid a pandemic that’s already killed at least 343,000 people under his watch, #Trump appears bent on dragging the country down with him. A lot can happen in 20 days.





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