Acting AG Whitaker Praises Trump for ‘Giving Up’ Holidays While Congress ‘Went on Vacation’


During a White House cabinet meeting Wednesday, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker praised President Donald Trump for “giving up” Christmas and New Year’s holidays “while some members of Congress went on vacation.”

The unprovoked sharing of praise of the commander-in-chief evoked a Cabinet meeting from July 2017 when nearly all Secretaries in attendance took turns thanking/fawning over President Trump.

Cable news only showcased the media Q&A portion of the epic hour-plus press spray, but Vox reporter Aaron Rupar uploaded this portion from CSPAN to his Twitter feed:

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) January 2, 2019

Whitaker’s praise was followed by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry thanking Trump for his hardline stance on immigration, saying “You’re standing up and saying don’t come.” That was followed by Vice President Mike Pence’s “I want to thank you for the strong stand you have taken on border security.”

Whittaker term as Acting Attorney General will last until Trump’s AG nominee William Barr earns congressional approval, or if not, someone else is nominated as a replacement.

The meeting was Trump’s first of the new year and featured seven of the 21 Cabinet positions currently filled by someone in an “acting” capacity.


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