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Trump Says Ukraine Call Was 'Perfect,' And GOP Can't Decide How To Defend Him


Added 11-09-19 06:54:02pm EST - “Republicans have a disjointed defense of Trump as impeachment hearings are set to go public.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Trump Says Ukraine Call Was 'Perfect,' And GOP Can't Decide How To Defend Him”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have no unified argument in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, in large part because they can’t agree on how best to defend the president — or for some, if they should.

That would require a level of consensus that Trump’s call with the Ukraine president was “perfect,” as he insists. Or it would take a measure of GOP independence from Trump to suggest there may be a need to investigate.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says the president’s actions toward Ukraine are “troubling.” Other Republicans say the behavior may raise concerns, but it’s not impeachable.

The result is a mishmash of GOP commentary spilling from Capitol Hill that may shield lawmakers, for now, from risky political choices, but leaves them with a disjointed defense of Trump as impeachment hearings push into the public realm this coming week.

“It’s not good,” said veteran GOP strategist Alex Conant. “Normally you want to establish the facts, get them out on their own terms, and build a message around that strategy. They’re not doing any of that.”

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