ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — With airline visitors pressured due to President Donald Trump’s authorities shutdown and one other of his advisers indicted within the Russia investigation, his occasion’s chairwoman on Friday had this message: All the things is okay.
“This president and his administration proceed to do unimaginable issues for our nation,” Republican Nationwide Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel mentioned at its winter assembly.
Republicans misplaced 40 seats and management of the Home of Representatives final November and picked up simply two seats within the Senate regardless of having essentially the most favorable map in many years.
McDaniel, nevertheless, spun the elections as a hit for the occasion. “We minimized our losses within the Home, within the face of a report 43 retirements,” she mentioned — however failed to say that most of the retirements passed off as a result of Republican members felt they might not win due to Trump’s unpopularity.
In her remarks, she didn’t point out Friday morning’s indictment of former Trump marketing campaign adviser Roger Stone, however did consult with what she referred to as “manufactured scandals and baseless allegations” in opposition to Trump.
The indictment within the case, referred by particular counsel Robert Mueller’s workplace, states that Stone was in touch with a senior official of the Trump marketing campaign within the ultimate months of the 2016 presidential race concerning the discharge of stolen Hillary Clinton marketing campaign emails. The U.S. intelligence neighborhood has said that the emails had been stolen by Russian spy companies and handed alongside to WikiLeaks for launch.
Trump spent the ultimate month of the marketing campaign praising WikiLeaks at his rallies and telling his supporters to learn the emails — regardless that the Division of Homeland Safety and the director of nationwide intelligence on Oct. 7 said that WikiLeaks was performing in live performance with Russia.
“We love WikiLeaks!” Trump mentioned incessantly.
Shortly earlier than her speech, McDaniel mentioned she had not learn or seen any information protection about Stone’s indictment and couldn’t touch upon it. Many different RNC members gathered on the Hyatt Tamaya resort outdoors Albuquerque additionally mentioned they didn’t know a lot in regards to the indictment.
“I haven’t learn it but,” mentioned Ron Kaufman, a longtime RNC member from Massachusetts. “I can’t touch upon one thing I haven’t learn.”
The RNC did, nevertheless, unanimously cross a decision providing “its undivided help for President Donald J. Trump and his efficient presidency.”
The assertion of help, although, doesn’t imply the RNC is locked into backing Trump in opposition to any challengers in a main, notably if the Mueller investigation winds up inflicting authorized troubles for Trump or his household, Ohio RNC member Jim Dicke mentioned.
“Truly these resolutions don’t have any which means,” he mentioned, including that it was performed solely as a result of some members notably supportive of Trump wished to specific that. “What are the remainder of us alleged to do? Say, ‘No, we don’t’?”
Dicke additionally mentioned that an indictment that pulls a connection between Trump’s marketing campaign and WikiLeaks was a major growth. “It is a large deal,” he mentioned.