President Trump’s management style isn’t making him many friends in Congress.
Trump’s habit of bullying his allies has sown seeds of doubt about whether any political sacrifice by a GOP lawmaker will be rewarded — or even remembered — by the president.
Trump’s pointed criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was the only senator to endorse Trump for much of last year’s presidential campaign, has shocked many GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have rallied to their former colleague’s defense.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who served for years with Sessions on the Judiciary Committee, said Trump “belittling and humiliating the attorney general” was “unseemly” and “inappropriate.”
The public shots are “a sign of great weakness on the part of President Trump,” he said.
What bothers lawmakers the most is that Trump seems to want to embarrass his targets.
Some note that Sessions resigned from his safe Senate seat to join the executive branch and work for Trump.
They say it is wrong that Sessions has become a target of the president’s ire for following Justice Department guidelines and recusing himself from oversight of the Russia investigation.