Democrats immediately planned executive action. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, appearing Sunday morning on ABC News “” This Week, “called them” paltry. “
“Unfortunately, the president’s executive orders, described in one word, can be snowy; in three words, inaccessible, weak and very narrow, ”said the New York Democrat. “The event at the country club is just what Trump does, a great show, but he does nothing.”
A White House official said Saturday The president had the “upper hand” moving forward with action and showing how few Democrats were willing to actually negotiate.
“It just shows that Trump is willing to do things and work on the weekends, unlike Chuck and Nancy,”; said Jason Miller, a Trump campaign adviser, referring to minority leader and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
But during the negotiations the president himself was largely absent, though he said he was regularly updated by his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin. And while the country has been rocked by the pandemic, the president has not spoken to Pelosi since last year, and suggested he would not happen sooner.
“We’ll see what happens, but now they’re not ready,” Trump said, referring to Democratic lawmakers. “And they’re not ready because, honestly, I don’t think they care about people.”
The president was happy with the way the news conferences went, according to aides, especially in the company of members from his club. Some came straight from the happy hour holding glasses of wine.
Ahead of the first press conference, according to CNN, the president was heard on a microphone telling members: “You will meet the fake news tonight. You will see what I have to go through. Who is there? Oh, all my killers. “are there, wow. So you’ll see some of the people we deal with every day.”
People in the room cheered and listened when a reporter asked why members of his club seemed to be releasing New Jersey instructions filling the room with people. Trump called it a “peaceful protest” at his country’s club.
“You know, you have an exception in the law. She says peaceful protest or political activity, right? Trump said. “I call it a peaceful protest because they heard you were coming and they know the news is false, they know it better than anyone.”
The weekend was meant to help Trump restore. On Friday, the president met with his top campaign advisers, including Bill Stepien and Jason Miller, in Bedminster and spent time Friday and Saturday with one of his closest allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.). On Saturday morning, Trump and Graham called a meeting of the Republican Party of South Carolina, according to a well-known person. First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron also spent the weekend in Bedminster.
The weekend away was also part of a major fundraising push by the Republican National Committee. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel traveled with the president to Marine One and accompanied him to exclusive fundraisers Thursday in Ohio, and then over the weekend to the Hamptons and New Jersey. On Saturday, Trump received a boost from hobnobbing with friends at fundraisers at the ritzy homes of Wall Street billionaire John Paulson and Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., in the Hamptons who raised $ 15 million for Trump Victory.
His fundraiser Sunday took place off the New Jersey shore at Long Branch, where people acted as if there were no pandemics. Supporters, not isolated from society and without masks, crowded along the way to see the president.
But although the pandemic seemed far-fetched to some of the public in New Jersey, the president had a reminder of the grief of the virus number when he visited. His weekend fundraiser was held at the home of Stanley Chera, an old friend of the president and a real estate mogul who died of coronavirus this spring.
“An excellent person and a very early supporter,” Trump said. “Unfortunately, he did not.”