Three Times Trump Quickly Contradicted Iowa Republicans This Month

President Donald Trump is well-known for veering off-script, contradicting allies on all sides, from military generals and cabinet officials to Republican members of Congress.

Lately, the contradictions have piled up so quickly it has been difficult to keep track.

Iowa Republicans will praise the president on one policy or another, only to have their words shortly undercut on the President’s Twitter feed or in a gaggle with reporters.

Here is a sampling of recent Iowa Republicans’ tweets or statements about Trump that were quickly proven wrong by the President himself in three recent situations in just this past month.

Ethanol

When the president and his surrogates come to Iowa, the ethanol industry and agriculture at-large is praised and promised to be protected. That rhetoric has proven especially true in 2019, as the state’s ethanol industry continues to suffer at the hands of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, which has granted an unprecedented number of waivers to oil refineries, allowing them to skirt biofuels blending requirements set forth in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

This month, the Trump Administration has come forward with multiple proposals promising to restore the billions of blended gallons lost as a result of the refinery exemptions. But the deal initially proposed was not what the EPA ended up on.

Despite Trump’s penchant for hyperbole and broken promises, Iowa Republicans were quick to praise the EPA’s proposals.

A week and a half after these tweets were sent, the EPA announced they were going back on Trump’s promises. The ethanol industry was enraged, putting out many harsh statements and declaring there would be “no more Iowa nice” at a fiery press conference.

“Pretty much everyone I have talked that’s involved in agriculture and the biofuels industry have really lost trust,” one farmer said at a press conference.

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‘Ceasefire’ in Syria

On Thursday, the President announced that Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had brokered a ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdish people in Northern Syria.

Fighting began there last week after Trump said he would pull U.S. troops out of Syria, leaving American Kurdish allies to fend off an insurgent Turkish military.

When President Trump praised the “great day for civilization,” Republicans followed suit.

King, representing Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, had just before went so far as to vote against a House resolution condemning the president’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies.

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The agreement reached between the Trump Administration and Turkey, however, calls only for a five-day halt in warfare, which appears to already have broken down.

Indeed, less than 24 hours after Trump touted the ceasefire, Turkey continued bombing and news articles came out where Turkish leaders mocked Trump’s team for essentially giving them everything they wanted.

When news of American troops’ removal from Syria broke, Ernst was critical:

But then quickly shifted course in light of the “ceasefire.”

Like King, Ernst was quickly proven wrong.

Impeachment

When House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry Sept. 24 into President Trump, Republicans were quick to defend him.

In a Sept. 24 statement, Sen. Joni Ernst said, “I’ve looked at the transcript; I don’t see anything there.”

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However, Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff, ended up publicly admitting on live TV that there was “something there” in that conversation, including a blatant quid pro quo on investigating Trump’s political rivals.

“I have news for everybody. Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy,” Mulvaney said when directly questioned by reporters whether aid was withheld over the investigation.

 

By Elizabeth Meyer
Posted 10/18/19

2 Comments on "Three Times Trump Quickly Contradicted Iowa Republicans This Month"

  • Gee. And what did Iowa Republican expect would happen? Of course His Nibs only makes those pronouncements and then rescinds them on days ending in “y”, so it’s not like it happens all the time…

  • There should be a commercial running during every local news broadcast across the state hammering the GOP for this. And radio ads during every farm broadcast on WHO and WMT. “Promises made, promises kept” my ass.

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