POLITICO New York – The president on Wednesday called on Senate Democratic leaders to give in to his demands to get Democrats to vote for a procedural vote to end the debate on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump made his comments after the Senate voted down a procedural measure that would have allowed Democrats to proceed to debate and vote on the nomination.
“I have been asking for a vote on this.
If they don’t agree to that, I will let them know, I am going to make a statement and if they don, we’re going to have to change the rules,” Trump said at the White House.
“That’s a very simple, simple deal.
They have to give me a vote.”
Republicans have called for a simple vote on a nomination because they are opposed to the nominee.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would not allow Democrats to go on the record as supporting Kavanaugh.
If Democrats refuse to agree to a procedural motion, Republicans could force a vote.
“We have to move forward,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
“The president has to get something done.”
He did not specify what he would do with the procedural vote.
Trump had repeatedly threatened to move the nomination ahead of a vote next week, saying that it was important to ensure that a nominee of Kavanaugh’s caliber is confirmed.
“This is not something that is going to be easy,” Trump continued.
“If we don’t do it, if we don´t do it on a date that is convenient, we are going to lose the election.”
The Senate vote came hours after Trump threatened to end his efforts to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“There is a very clear process, and it will be the same, they are going through a very difficult process,” Trump declared at the Capitol on Tuesday.
“And if they want to take it, they will take it.”