A US senator has slammed Donald Trump over his handling of the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee, saying that the Republican president’s response to the allegations against Kavanaugh was “not a joke”.
Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, said on Monday that the president’s actions were “unprecedented”, but added that Trump’s words were “an attempt to hide what’s really happening”.
“It’s a big, big mistake.
We’ve got to move past it.
And we need to move beyond the ‘he’s the victim’ thing,” he said.
Cotton was speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation, where he called for an investigation into the president for the abuse of power he’s committed.
In a statement to the Washington Post, Trump said he did not “understand” the senator’s criticism of him.
“Senator Cotton is very smart, but not qualified to comment on the facts of the matter,” Trump’s statement said.
“I think he should be thanking me.”
Cotton said he was “very angry” and said Trump’s statements were “totally out of line”.
“The president of the United States is a very strong leader,” he added.
“But if you’re president, you’re supposed to respect the people who you appoint.
And if you think that you can somehow, just because you’re President, say, I don’t care about the facts, that’s not what the job is supposed to entail.”
Cory Booker, the US senator for New Jersey, also criticised Trump over the accusations.
“If I were the president, I’d say to Senator Cotton, ‘What are you trying to hide?’,” Booker told CBS’s Face the Country.
“It should have been a joke.
And to tell the truth, it’s very, very serious.”ABC/wiresTopics:government-and-politics,politics-and_news,united-states,world-politics-russian-federation,worldwide-politics