Democrats immediately panned executive action. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, appeared on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday morning calling it “pathetic.”
“Unfortunately, the Executive Orders of the President, described in one word, could be poor. in three words, impractical, weak and far too narrow, ”said the New York Democrat. “The country club event is exactly what Trump does, a big show, but it doesn’t do anything.”
A White House official said Saturday The president had the “upper hand” in pushing his actions and showing how unwilling the Democrats were to actually negotiate.
“It just shows that Trump is ready to get things done and work on the weekends, unlike Chuck and Nancy,”
During the negotiations, the President himself was largely missed, although he said he was regularly updated by his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. And while the country was rocking the pandemic, the president hasn’t spoken to Pelosi since last year, suggesting that he wouldn’t do it anytime soon.
“We’ll see what happens, but at the moment they’re not ready,” Trump said, referring to Democratic lawmakers. “And they are not ready because, frankly, they don’t care about people.”
According to aides, the president was satisfied with the way the press conferences went, especially when he was accompanied by members of his club. Some came straight from happy hour with a glass of wine.
Before the first press conference, the president was heard on a microphone, according to CNN, and the members were told, “You will learn about the fake news tonight. You will see what I have to go through. Who’s there? Oh all my killers are here, wow So you are going to see some of the people we deal with every day. “
People in the room booed and hissed when a reporter asked why members of his club appeared to be displaying New Jersey guidelines by huddling in the room. Trump called it a “peaceful protest” at his country club.
“You know, you have an exclusion in the law. It’s called peaceful protest or political activity, right? “Said Trump. “I call it a peaceful protest because they heard you were coming and they know the news is wrong, they know better than anyone.”
The weekend should help Trump reset. On Friday in Bedminster, the president met with his top campaign advisors, including Bill Stepien and Jason Miller, and spent Friday and Saturday with one of his closest allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.). On Saturday morning, Trump and Graham called for a meeting of the Republican Party in South Carolina, according to a familiar. First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron also spent the weekend in Bedminster.
The weekend trip was also part of a large fundraiser by the Republican National Committee. RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel traveled with the President on Marine One and joined him on exclusive fundraisers in Ohio on Thursday and then in the Hamptons and New Jersey over the weekend. On Saturday, Trump got a boost from hobnobbing with friends at fundraisers in the posh 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 New Jersey waterfront in Long Branch, where people pretended there was no pandemic. Supporters, not socially distant and without a mask, crowded the roadside to see the president.
But although the pandemic seemed a long way off to some of the New Jersey public, the president remembered the aftermath of the virus during his visit. His last fundraiser of the weekend was at the home of Stanley Chera, an old friend of the President and another real estate tycoon who died of the coronavirus earlier this year.
“A great person and a very early supporter,” said Trump. “Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.”