Spicer Claims Democrats Are Trying To Delay Confirmation Process

AP

Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday morning accused Democrats of not working with Republicans to quickly confirm the President-elect’s cabinet nominees.

“It really speaks volumes that the Democratic leadership is not working with us to ensure a continuity of government,” Spicer said.

Spicer claimed that Democrats are trying to delay the confirmation process for Trump’s nominees.

“They are continuing to deploy delay tactic after delay tactic,” he said.

He said that Democrats have embarked on “partisan attacks” in confirmation hearings, which Spicer said was “not in the best interest of the country.”

Democrats had pushed for some confirmation hearings to be delayed while ethics reviews of the nominees were still underway, and senators have hammered certain nominees with questions about their views and qualifications.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday that the Senate is on track to confirm just three nominees on Inauguration Day despite the initial goal of confirming six or seven just after Trump is sworn in. In 2009, the Senate confirmed seven of President Obama’s nominees on Inauguration Day.

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