Republican congressman Byron Donalds met with Donald Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course on Thursday night after claiming he was blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus over his support for the former president.
Daniels tweeted out a smiling image of himself and Trump, each giving a thumbs-up, on Friday, following his on-air spat with an interviewer on CNN over his support for Trump – and the CBC’s apparent refusal to admit him.
The first-term lawmaker called Trump ‘POTUS,’ the acronym for President of the United States, and took shots at Joe Biden’s policies.
‘Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with POTUS Trump to discuss many of the issues America is facing now that he is out of office. Under Biden, we have rising inflation, open borders, an energy crisis, a stagnant economy, & weak foreign policy.’
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) visited with former President Donald Trump at his Westminster, NJ golf club, and tweeted out a thumbs-up photo. The move came hours after Donalds clashed with host Brianna Keilar on CNN of the apparent refusal by the Congressional Black Caucus to admit him
‘We miss your leadership, sir,’ Donalds said, directing a comment to Trump, who is banned from Twitter and no longer has an account.
Asked for comment, the CBC did not mention Donalds by name. ‘The Congressional Black Caucus remains committed to fighting for issues that support the Black community, including the police accountability bill, protecting voting rights, and a jobs bill that helps our communities,’ said the statement the CBX provided to DailyMail.com.
The CBC has admitted Republicans in the past. Former Utah Rep. Mia Love attacked the group, but joined in 2015,
Donalds’ move to pointedly link arms with Trump once again comes after he had a furious on-air clash with
Donalds is among the 139 House Republicans who voted to overturn one or two states’ election results that were certified for Joe Biden on January 6th, the day of the Capitol riot.
The Republican said on the program he is being denied entry to the Caucus because of his continued support for
Keilar, hosting Thursday’s New Day, played a montage of Trump’s most controversial comments, prompting Donalds to clash with the presenter.
Florida Representative Byron Donalds had a furious clash with CNN’s Brianna Keilar after the host said his ideas were ‘incongruous’ with those of the Congressional Black Caucus
He began to explain why his support for the former president should not affect his membership of the caucus before being interrupted by Keilar.
Donalds then retorted: ‘Please don’t cut me off. I have not cut you off in this interview. Please do not do that to me. Thank you.
‘As a black man in America, I’m allowed to have my own thoughts on who I choose to support and who I choose not to support.’
It has now been six months since the members who won election in 2020 were inducted into the supposedly nonpartisan CBC.
The Republican said he is being denied entry to the Caucus because of his continued support for Donald Trump
Donalds, who was elected for the first time last year, is yet to be included.
The Florida representative has approached members of the CBC to discuss joining the group who are leading talks on police reform and racial injustice in the US.
Donalds told CNN: ‘I have a perspective being a 42-year-old black man who has come up in America after a lot of the battles through the civil rights movement that I think would be helpful and a helpful perspective to the CBC.
‘A range of discussions from all sides of the political framework is important, not just for black America, but for all America.’
Donalds objected to Joe Biden’s election wins in Arizona and Pennsylvania and also supports voter ID laws, issues which Keilar suggested were ‘incongruent with the mission of the CBC’.
Keilar, hosting Thursday’s New Day, played a montage of Trump’s most controversial comments, prompting Donalds to clash with the presenter
The lawmaker replied: ‘If you actually look at the bills that have been passed in Florida, Georgia, actually black Americans and all Americans, whether you live in those states, have more access to the ballot, not less.
‘Those are the facts because I’ve read both bills. You say this will increase access for voters of color, for African-Americans. That’s just not true.’
Donalds has previously said he wants to join the CBC to change the group’s liberal dominance.
He believes he should not be excluded due to his political beliefs or support for Trump.
He said: ‘My support of President Trump has been consistent, but at the same time, I have had the ability to advocate for issues, ideas, proposals and funding that have helped black community in my state.
‘My support for President Trump, whether it’s for or against, is irrelevant. That has nothing to do with this discussion.
‘This is about whether the ideology of somebody who is conservative is welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus.’
Bidenomics is failing! President’s $6T budget is driving inflation to its highest level in 13 years amid record federal spending and deficit, experts warn – as GOP predict ‘green worker paradise’ plan will hike up prices
Concerns are mounting that
The consumer price index rose 5 percent in the 12 months through May, which is the highest year-on-year increase since August 2008, according to the government’s latest report.
Experts, including Deutsche Bank, have warned that the effects of rising prices could be ‘devastating’ and that huge deficit spending by Congress could supercharge inflation rates.
Biden’s $6 trillion budget plan has already sparked major inflation fears given it is set to boost federal spending by 25 percent, which is the highest since World War II.
According to a monthly report from the Treasury Department, the government has already set records for spending and deficit in the first eight months of the fiscal year.
Federal spending climbed to $4.67 billion, which resulted in a deficit of $2 billion, the report says.
The consumer price index rose 5 percent in the 12 months through May, which is the highest year-on-year increase since August 2008, according to the government’s latest report
According to a monthly report from the Treasury Department, the government has already set records for spending and deficit in the first eight months of the fiscal year. Federal spending climbed to $4.67 billion, which resulted in a deficit of $2 billion
Republicans blame the sharp rise in inflation on lax monetary policy and freewheeling stimulus spending by the Biden administration.
Larry Kudlow, who was the Trump administration’s Director of the National Economic Council, warned on Thursday that high inflation could be permanent if Biden’s plans are passed.
‘If Uncle Joe Biden gets his green worker paradise, Soviet-style Bulgarian economic policies, massive tax increases, massive social spending, destroying the fossil fuel energy sector, then the dollar will collapse and leaping tax rates will choke off economic growth,’ Kudlow said on his
Joe Biden’s $6 trillion budget plan has already sparked major inflation fears given it is set to boost federal spending by 25 percent, which is the highest since World War II
‘Call it the 1970s with a socialist spin. In that case, we will have permanently higher inflation. And we will have weaker and weaker economy.
‘Now if, on the other hand, Mr Biden’s green worker paradise does not get voted in, then I’m going to say this inflation bump is just going to be temporary. A couple more months that’s all. Really a rebound from the pandemic deflation, and actually, it’s a sign of strong economic growth. There will be no long-term inflation consequences. That’s if we don’t get the Bulgarian model.’
Biden administration officials have said they expect consumer prices to peak this summer and then begin to dissipate in the fall.
An official told Reuters that the 5 percent accelerated CPI was largely due to a ‘base effect’ given the low level of prices seen in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biden administration is remained convinced that the current spike in consumer prices will be transitory.
‘It’s most likely that it’s going to peak in the next few months. We’ll probably see the worst of it this summer, and (then) in the fall, things will probably start to get back to normal,’ the official said.
The official rejected concerns voiced by Republican lawmakers that President Joe Biden’s proposed boost in spending on infrastructure, child care and community college would put further pressure on prices, given that the spending would only kick in around 2023 and then spread out over a decade