From the White House, Doug Christian reporting
THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump appears to be losing a seemingly solid grip on Senate Republicans as he gets push-back on nominees and initiatives.
(Audio: Trump recommends Herman Cain for the Fed)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaking of Cain’s nomination to the Fed Board tells reporters Thursday that “there was a lack of enthusiasm among a number of our members about that particular nominee.”
Of the administration’s approach toward nominations, McConnell says:
“There are two things the administration ought to consider before nominating someone: first, a background check and second, likelihood of confirmation. And generally better to check that up in advance before you send that nomination up.”
Additional Republican senators who have publicly expressed skepticism of Cain’s nomination include Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Mitt Romney of Utah, Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Additionally, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who does not impulsively vote down Trump’s nominees, expressed his opposition to Cain’s nomination.
Doug Christian, The White House