It is quite easy for anyone to be very opinionated about the recent happenings on Capitol Hill. On Thursday morning, former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate to both answer burning questions from the Senators, as well as expound on his seven-page statement that was written about his meeting with Donald Trump. One of the biggest topics discussed was Trump’s private conversation with Comey, in which Trump ordered everyone else to leave the room. Comey explains that a significant portion of what was discussed was Trump “hoping” that he would just let the situation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions go.
Surprisingly, while being known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve and dumping them on Twitter, Donald Trump has been quiet for a day, expressing no public response to the Comey testimony on social media. In fact, according to the Washington Times, this is the fifth longest period of time that the President has not posted a tweet since declaring his candidacy. Other noticeable moments away from Twitter include when he lost the Iowa caucuses, a brief absence around the time he tweeted about the death of Fidel Castro, and during the heat of conversations regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Ultimately, if the saga with Trump and the Russian leaks do not go in his favor, Vice President Pence will turn into President Pence. Recently, CNBC further developed the consideration of this happening. They began with glaring statistics of how poorly Trump is received as the Commander in Chief. According to a recent Gallup statistics, Trump’s hovering between 35 and 40 percent approval rating is the lowest the poll has ever measured. They added that while it is wishful thinking that Pence will be President before Trump’s term is officially over, as information continues to unveil, the possibility is not completely ruled out.
Chief investment strategist Sam Stovall has admitted that impeachment has indeed been a discussion.
“People are definitely talking impeachment. They’re saying it would be better to get Trump out of the way. Pence is very much like Trump on issues about business and very different in terms of being able to get things done in Washington.”
Moreover, on the prediction site, Predictit, 20 percent believe that Trump will not be President by the end of 2017, and 18 percent believe that he will be impeached. As far as whether he will be President by the close of 2018, the “no” vote substantially increases to 38 percent.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has made sure to steer clear from this Trump-Comey saga, focusing more on what he has been doing as second in command in the United States office. For the past week, perhaps the most controversial topic that Pence has been involved with from a social media perspective is co-signing Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. alliance in the Paris Climate accord. Since then, he has been involved in many speeches covering a number of subjects.
Pence recently chatted with radio stations regarding the Paris Climate Accord and about how the Trump administration “will always put American consumers & interests first.” He also sent out a tweet showing his condolences of the lost lives from the London attack. He has been very vocal about the topic of infrastructure, as well as Obamacare. Pence shared the statistic that “It’s estimated that more than 11.3M biz in America are women-owned, employing nearly 9M people & having more than $1.6 trillion in revenues.”
Oddly, Pence spends more time on the Vice President account promoting appearances from him and the President, while Trump spends more time on his personal account spilling his feelings while doing most of the retweeting (oftentimes, of his personal account) from his President account.
One thing that Mike Pence did share from a personal standpoint was his wife and him celebrating 32 years of marriage.
This promotion of family values, from the viewpoint of the American public, will certainly raise the interest of a higher approval rate than 35-40 percent.
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