In a politically charged speech Saturday delivered from his resort in Bedminster, NJ, Trump said he would pursue an executive order and three presidential memoranda for federal agencies aimed at cutting taxes on workers by the end of the year, extending unemployment benefits at a reduced rate, renewal of a deportation moratorium during the pandemic, and deferral of student loan payments and interest until the end of the year.
But Sasse, who emerged as an early critic of the GOP president despite consistently voting in favor of the White House legislative priorities, joined Democratic lawmakers in questioning the legitimacy of Trump̵7;s maneuvers.
“The pen and phone theory for executive lawmaking is an unconstitutional slope,” Sasse said Saturday night. “President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to rewrite the payroll law unilaterally. Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through members of the their Congress. “
Sasse’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s tweet on Monday.
The president has repeatedly attacked members of his party in recent months, writing negatively about congressional Republicans on social media whenever they show a willingness to express public disapproval of his actions.
In July, Trump targeted Sens.Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania after both lawmakers criticized his decision to reduce the sentence of his informal political adviser, Roger Stone.
Two weeks later, the president retired to the Rep. Liz Cheney, a third-rate House Republican, promoting criticism from her conservative colleagues that she had not been as supportive as she should have been on the White House agenda.
Sasse has saved with Trump since the days of the president as a predecessor in the 2016 Republican primary. , called him “upset” in February 2016 and said he did not think Trump had “any core principles” in March 2016.
After Trump’s election, Sasse told POLITICO in May 2017 that the new president was “coming out of a reality TV world,” and admitted he had “a lot of anxiety about whether that kind of world is really what we want.” for our children. “
Recently, Sasse condemned the aggressive dispersal of seemingly peaceful protesters outside the White House in June so that Trump could create a photographic opportunity while posing with a Bible in a nearby church. “There is a fundamental right – a constitutional one – to protest, and I am against clearing a peaceful protest for a picture that treats the Word of God as a political proposal,” Sasse said.
And later that month, Sasse was among Republican senators pressing the White House over the president’s knowledge of reported Russian generosity paid to the Taliban for killing American troops in Afghanistan. “I want to understand how it is possible that the president did not know. How does that probably happen?” Sasse said.
However, Trump formally backed Sasse’s bid for a second term in 2020, calling on Twitter that the first-year senator “has done a wonderful job representing the people of Nebraska.” He is excellent with our very important Vets, Army and your Second Amendment. Strong for crime and border, Ben has my full and total approval! “