GOP Senator To Trump: ‘Are You Recanting Of Your Oath’ Of Office?

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a legislative summit featuring Nebraska's elected Congressional and House officials, in Ashland, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The annual event, held at the Strategic Air Comman... Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a legislative summit featuring Nebraska's elected Congressional and House officials, in Ashland, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The annual event, held at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, is sponsored by the Lincoln, Neb., Chamber of Commerce . (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) MORE LESS
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October 12, 2017 8:04 a.m.

A Republican senator is questioning whether President Donald Trump is committed to defending the Constitution after the President suggested that news outlets’ broadcasting licenses should be “challenged.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) tweeted a statement late Wednesday asking whether Trump was “recanting his oath” of office.

“Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter. Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect and defend the First Amendment?”

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The President’s tweets are apparently in response to reports from NBC that Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wanted to resign from his post this summer and called Trump a “moron.”

Both have denied that the reports are true.

While attacking the media isn’t new for Trump, his latest threat of using the power of the federal government to go after media companies represents a dramatic escalation in his ongoing war against the press.

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