Nelson, McConnell, Schumer

Executive Session (Stump Nomination)

Senator Nelson: (3:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Mr. President, almost everybody in the world knows by now that the president met with Vladimir Putin today and while nobody knows what the two presidents said in the private meeting, what they said afterwards certainly should alarm all of us. Because President Trump refused once again to accept the fact that Russia at Putin's order interfered in our elections. What the president said was alarming and it was embarrassing, and it is unacceptable. We know Putin interfered and we know that he'll do it again in our upcoming elections, and this is a unanimous report of the intelligence community of this country reaffirmed earlier today by the director of national intelligence, former Senator Dan Coats, the appointee of President Trump, reaffirmed by him this morning."


Senator McConnell: (3:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Some of the most interesting testimony has come from the men and women who may know better than anyone how Judge Kavanaugh approaches his work, his law clerks. You can learn a lot about a leader by asking the men and women who work for and with him. 34 of his past clerks sent an open letter to Chairman Grassley and Senator Feinstein last week. Their own political and legal views are quite diverse. Our ranks include Republicans, Democrats, and independents, but we are united in this, our admiration and fondness for Judge Kavanaugh run deep. They describe his commitment to legal excellence. We never once saw him take a shortcut, treat a case as unimportant, or search for an easy answer."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policies.
    • "On Friday economists at the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced that the Sunshine State's G.D.P. has surpassed a trillion dollars for the first time. That's a trillion dollars the G.D.P. of Florida. If Florida were a sovereign nation, it would be the 17th largest national economy in the world. And in the past year, Floridians alone have created 182,000 new jobs. It's hard to argue with the facts, but it's even harder to argue with reports that come straight from hardworking Americans. Last month during his visit to Duluth, Minnesota, President Trump met with local workers and job creators to discuss tax reform and economic growth in their communities. And heard them loud and clear. Republican policies are working."


Senator Schumer: (3:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • President Trump hardly pressed president Putin on a single issue, saying that, quote, both countries are responsible for the state of relations between the United States and Russia. When it came to interference in the 2016 elections, the president has managed to point the finger at just about everybody except the culprit. The one person he hasn't blamed is the man who's rule actually responsible - Vladimir Putin. Rather that happen taking the opportunity to confront Putin and stand up in defense of the United States, rather than demanding that Putin hand over the Russian intelligence agents indicted last week, the president took the word of the K.G.B. over the brave, hardworking men and women of the C.I.A. It's amazing."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "We know that President Trump promised to pick a judge who would be hostile to a woman's right it to choose, to Roe v. Wade, and to the health care law, including protections for Americans with preexisting conditions. That is incredibly troubling in and of itself. But I have little doubt that every one of those 25, in the eyes of the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, which put together the list, would do those two things that would so hurt America, in my judgment. But there's another troubling aspect of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. His views on presidential power and whether presidents should be treated as though they are above the law."