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Senate Republicans slowly turning their backs on Trump

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, arrives on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., flanked by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the Republican Conference chairman, left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo....
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah is met by reporters on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, as the Senate return...
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during the first news conference since the Republica...
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, as work resumes after the Republican health c...
FILE - In this July 19, 2017, file photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., center, walks to his seat as he attends a luncheon with other GOP Senators and Pre...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, arrives on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., flanked by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the Republican Conference chairman, left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo....

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah is met by reporters on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, as the Senate return...

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during the first news conference since the Republica...

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, as work resumes after the Republican health c...

FILE - In this July 19, 2017, file photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., center, walks to his seat as he attends a luncheon with other GOP Senators and Pre...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Little by little, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump.

They defeated an Obamacare repeal bill despite his pleas. They're ignoring his Twitter demands that they get back to work on it. They dissed the White House budget director, defended the attorney general against the president's attacks and passed veto-proof sanctions on Russia over his administration's objections.

And they've ignored White House spending priorities, reasserting their own independence, which had looked sorely diminished in the aftermath of Trump's surprise election win.

Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina says: "We work for the American people. We don't work for the president."

Those are surprisingly tough words from a Republican whose state Trump won easily less than a year ago.


Updated : 2021-08-04 22:03 GMT+08:00