McClatchy reports some political groups are spending millions of dollars ahead of the midterm elections to support a candidate who is not on any ballot next month: President Donald Trump.
Even as Republicans fight to keep control of Congress, at least six political action committees have spent more than $9 million to promote Trump’s re-election on TV, by phone, by mail and online since he took office, according to a McClatchy analysis of Federal Election Commission filings through Tuesday. Those same groups have spent only about $1.2 million supporting Republicans candidates for the House and Senate, according to the analysis.
Tax-cut disapproval: Newly released Gallup polling shows more Americans continue to disapprove than approve of last year’s sweeping tax overhaul bill signed into law by Trump, 46% to 39%. Americans’ approval of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which included tax cuts for individuals and businesses, is unchanged from the previous reading seven months ago, but is slightly higher than measures prior to and immediately after its passage, Gallup says.
Pelosi eyes Trump tax returns: Demanding the president’s tax returns “is one of the first things we’d do” if Democrats take the House in the midterm elections, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle notes certain congressional committees have the right to request and release the tax records of the president, but adds it’s unlikely Trump would surrender them without an all-out legal battle. He has refused to release his returns since he announced he was running for president.
Trump would be reluctant to cut off arms sales to Saudis: Politico reports Trump said late Wednesday that he is reluctant to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia if the kingdom is found to be responsible for the assumed death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, believing such a move could be detrimental to the U.S. economy. “We have a country that’s doing probably better economically than it’s ever done before,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream. “A part of that is what we are doing with our defense systems and everybody is wanting them and, frankly, I think that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country.”
Senators push for probe: Bloomberg reports a bipartisan group of senators is forcing the Trump administration to investigate the disappearance of Khashoggi, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities. The lawmakers invoked the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016 to seek an investigation in the case of Khashoggi, who hasn’t been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.