Senate Republicans slowly turning their backs on Trump
By ERICA WERNER AP Congressional Correspondent
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.