美共和党内部纷争有增无减

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年10月26日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

共和党参议员弗雷克猛批川普总统,宣布不竞选连任
共和党参议员弗雷克猛批川普总统,宣布不竞选连任

白宫和参议院多数党领袖星期二努力弥合主掌白宫并在国会占多数的共和党内日益扩大的裂痕。

最新的分裂是亚利桑纳州的联邦参议员弗雷克在参议院公开抨击川普总统的行为,并宣布他将不会竞选连任参议员。

弗雷克在新当选为参议员之前曾经做过12年众议员。他说,当维持美国强大的规范和价值观受到破坏,当能确保整个世界稳定的联盟和协议不断受到140个单词(在推特上发文的最多字数限制)所表达想法的威胁之际,继续沉默下去就是严重的错误。

弗雷克说,共和党自欺欺人,幻想川普能回归正直,而这样已经太久。

一位在任参议员如此罕见地猛烈抨击同属一党的总统前几个小时,川普总统刚刚在推特上和另一位共和党参议员考克进行了言辞交锋。

担任参议员10年考克也已经宣布不再竞选连任。他说,川普打算要做十分不上路的事情时,总统的工作人员曾要求他站出来阻止。

考克说,他认为像有这样心智的人担任总统实在让美国丢脸。

川普总统在网上与考克和弗雷克打口水仗之际,罕见地前往国会与共和党参议员共进午餐,争取对税制改革和其他政策的支持。

川普在推特上说,大多数共和党参议员都是伟大的人,希望大幅减税和美国成功。他还说,会谈期间他赢得了好几次参议员的起立欢呼。

参议院多数党领袖麦康奈尔拒绝卷入纷争。他说:“如果有任何事情能让共和党团结一致,那就是税制改革。我们将集中精力推动目标,不让任何事情干扰。”

共和党在参议院占52比48的多数,但是几名共和党参议员出于各种原因在一些重大问题上拒绝支持川普,例如医疗保健改革。一些观察人士认为,在税制改革上也可能发生这种情况。

More Cracks Emerge Among Republicans

The White House and the Senate majority leader on Tuesday tried to cement over widening cracks in their governing Republican Party.

The most prominent new fissure came on the Senate floor when Jeff Flake of Arizona slammed the president's behavior and announced he would not run for re-election next year.

Flake, a first-term senator, who previously served 12 years in the House of Representatives, said it is "profoundly misguided" to "stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters [the length of a Twitter message]."

Flake said the Republican Party had fooled itself long enough that Trump would return to decency.

The unusually fierce attack by a sitting senator on a president from his own party came just hours as Trump tangled on Twitter with another Republican senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Corker, who has also decided not to run again for the U.S Senate where he has served for a decade, said the president's staff had asked him to intervene when Trump was "getting ready to do something that was really off the tracks."

Corker said, "someone of this mentality as president of the United States is something that is I think debasing to our country."

During the time between the online insults exchanged with Corker and Flake's surprise speech, the president made a rare trip to the Capitol to have lunch with Republican senators in an attempt to boost support for tax reform and other policy priorities.

Trump, on Twitter, said most of the Republican senators "are great people who want big Tax Cuts and success for U.S." noting he received "multiple standing ovations" during the meeting.

Afterward the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, refused to be drawn into the chasm. "If there's anything that unites Republicans, it's tax reform," he told reporters. "We're going to concentrate on what our agenda is and not any of these other distractions."

The Republicans enjoy a 52-48 majority in the Senate, but several other Republican senators — for various reasons — have also wavered on backing Trump on major issues such as health care reform and may also do so on tax policy, according to political observers.