The Democrats immediately quashed the executive actions. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who appeared on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday morning, called them “ridiculous.”
“Unfortunately, the president’s executive orders, described in one word, could be derisory; in three words, impractical, weak and too narrow,” said the New York Democrat. “The country club event is just what Trump does, a great show, but it doesn’t do anything.”
A White House official said Saturday the president got the “upper hand” by moving forward with the stock and showing how little the Democrats were willing to actually negotiate.
“It just shows Trump is willing to get things done and work weekends, unlike Chuck and Nancy,”
But the president himself was largely absent during the negotiations, although 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 hasn’t spoken to Pelosi since last year and suggested he wouldn’t do it soon.
“We’ll see what happens, but right now they’re not ready,” Trump said, referring to Democratic lawmakers. “And they’re not ready because, frankly, I don’t think they care about people.”
The president was happy with how the press conferences went, according to the aides, especially in the company of his club members. Some came straight from happy hour with glasses of wine in hand.
Before the first press conference, according to CNN, the president was overheard on the microphone saying to members: “Tonight you’re going to meet fake news. You’ll see what I have to go through. Who’s 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 whistled and hissed when a reporter asked him why his club members seemed to flaunt the New Jersey guidelines by flocking to the room. Trump called it a “peaceful protest” to his country club.
“You know, you have an exclusion from the law. It 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 supposed to help Trump reset. On Friday, the president met with his best campaign advisors, including Bill Stepien and Jason Miller, in Bedminster, and on Friday and Saturday he spent time with one of his closest allies, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). On Saturday morning, Trump and Graham called a meeting of the Republican Party of South Carolina, according to a familiar person. First lady Melania Trump and their son Barron also spent the weekend in Bedminster.
The weekend out was also part of a big fundraising push from the Republican National Committee. RNC president Ronna McDaniel traveled with the president on Marine One and accompanied him to exclusive fundraisers Thursday in Ohio, and then over the weekend in the Hamptons and New Jersey. On Saturday, Trump got a boost from hobnobbing with friends to fundraisers in the lavish 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 Sunday fundraiser took place on the shores of New Jersey in Long Branch, where people acted like there was no pandemic. Supporters, not socially distanced and without masks, flocked to the side of the road to see the president.
But even though the pandemic seemed distant to some of the public in New Jersey, the president had a harrowing memory of the virus toll when he visited. His latest fundraiser of the weekend was held at the home of Stanley Chera, an old friend of the president and fellow real estate mogul who died of the coronavirus this spring.
“A great person and an early supporter,” Trump said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.”