Trump says vote against Wilkie for VA secretary was roll call of Democratic candidates for 2020

July 24, 2018

President Trump said Tuesday the only senators who voted against new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie were Democrats who plan to run against Mr. Trump in 2020.

“The only ones who actually voted against him were all the people, super-lefts, who are running against me in two years. If you want to know who’s running, just take a look at Wilkie’s score,” Mr. Trump told the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Senate confirmed Mr. Wilkie Monday night by a vote of 86-9, with five senators not voting. The “no” votes were from Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey; Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein of California; Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts; Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon; and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Mr. Booker, Ms. Harris, Ms. Gillibrand, Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders are often mentioned as potential Democratic candidates in 2020.

Mr. Trump said of his new VA secretary, who accompanied him to Missouri, “He’s going to be fantastic.”

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