Rep. Kevin Cramer: “I Would Prefer the President Be Effective With His Agenda”


North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer speaks Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the ND GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo of his choice to endorse Donald Trump for president. Rick Abbott / The Forum

North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer is not impressed with the President feuding with members of Congress. Specifically, members of the U.S. Senate.

This week Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, announced that he won’t be seeking re-election saying he doesn’t see a place for a conservative like him in the Republican party in the age of Trump. Flake’s decision comes on the heels of other retirement announcements from Republican Senators who have feuded with President Trump. Specifically Senators John McCain and Bob Corker.

“You need every possible Republican vote in the Senate all the time,” Cramer told me on my radio show yesterday, indicating that he’s not necessarily happy with these departures (though, admittedly, McCain’s retirement has a lot to do with health).

“I would prefer the President be effective with his agenda,” Cramer added, noting that despite Flake’s criticism of the President he was a “very good supporter of Trump’s agenda” in the Senate.

North Dakota’s at-large Congressman has been a staunch supporter of Trump almost since the beginning. Cramer was among the first members of Congress to endorse Trump during the 2016 primaries. But these comments indicate that even Trump’s loyal supporters are feeling some frustration.

He also added that these Senate retirements illustrate the problem with term limits. “Now they’re unleashed,” Cramer told me of the retirees adding that they’ve “term limited themselves” leaving them free to vote as they will without the looming consequences of an election.

Here’s yesterday’s full show:

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