Touchdown: Nation’s Veterans Call Out Trump For Tweet

Two U.S. veterans in wheelchairs

The nation’s largest veterans’ group criticized Trump for using former service members as a “political football” in his efforts to turn Congress into his lap dog.

Trump Blasts Ryan, McConnell on Twitter

On Thursday, the President slammed House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the issues with the federal debt ceiling. The president was upset that the two GOP leaders refused to include debt ceiling legislation in a “popular VA bill” Congress just adopted.

On Twitter, Trump urged McConnell and Ryan to pair the legislation to the V.A. bill because it would be easier to get the debt ceiling part approved.

They… …didn’t do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!,

Trump tweeted.

However, Trump fails to understand that his plan is not legal – The U.S. Congress cannot tie an unrelated bill into an already approved legislation to get it passed. If that was legal, lawmakers could abuse the process to pass controversial legislation on a daily basis.

What’s more, Trump didn’t identify the “popular V.A. bill, ” and he wasn’t involved in any recent legislation regarding veterans or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His recent tweets were probably an attempt to give himself some credit for the V.A. legislation he had nothing to do with. It’s like attaching one’s name to a product manufactured by others.

The president is interested in veterans because veterans are a popular campaign topic and many politicians pledge to do more for them as soon as they are elected.

Veterans’ Response

The 500,000-member veterans’ group had a blunt response to Trump’s tweet bashing McConnell and Ryan. Within an hour of the President’s tweet, the organization tweeted:

The group is obviously disappointed with Trump doing nothing for them in his first months in office but using them as a political prop in his feud with Congress.
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