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Trump set to confront his impeachment foes

Source: The Hill

After sitting impatiently on the sidelines for months, President Trump on Tuesday night will finally get a chance to address — face to face — the House Democrats who impeached him and the senators who will soon vote on whether to end his presidency.


But some senators are nonetheless predicting Trump will take an early victory lap during Tuesday’s speech.

“I expect that he’s going to be over the top. I would be surprised if he wasn’t bombastic and self-congratulatory. I would be surprised if he didn’t take potshots at the press and Democrats and impeachment managers,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told reporters Monday during a break from the impeachment trial. “My expectations are so low these days that I’m expecting the worst.”


When Trump addresses the joint session of Congress, he’ll be standing in front of Republicans like Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Mitt Romney (Utah), who both crossed the aisle in Democrats’ failed push to subpoena witnesses in the impeachment trial. Other Senate Republicans, including Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), have voiced concerns with Trump’s dealings with Ukraine but said voters — not the Senate — should decide whether to oust him from office.

One thing most Republican lawmakers agree on: Trump should steer clear of any talk of impeachment during his prime-time address.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/481291-trump-set-to-confront-his-impeachment-foes
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