Wednesday, November 16, 2016
GOP rushes to embrace Trump
At The Hill by C. Marcos and Scott Wong --
Republican lawmakers spent the past year keeping Donald Trump at arm’s length. Now they’re tripping over themselves to embrace him.
Returning to Washington for the first time since Trump’s presidential victory, GOP leaders handed out “Make America Great Again” hats at their weekly conference meeting on Tuesday.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) named a top Trump ally, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), as the congressional liaison to the presidential transition team.
At one point Tuesday, Ryan referred to the president-elect by his first name, “Donald.”
In past months, Ryan wouldn’t even dare mention his name, often calling him only “the nominee.”