Since Mr. Trump started his term, there have been a long string of Republicans who have already resigned or been fired by Trump – former press secretary Sean Spicer, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, and former national security director Michael Flynn, and former FBI director James Comey to name a few.
Also, a list of 10 Republican Congressmen gave notice that they were going to retire at the end of the year or run for another office. Now, another one is stepping up to do the same. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chariman Ed Royce (R-CA) announced that he will retire at the end of the year.
In a statement, he said:
‘It’s truly an honor to represent the people of California’s 39th Congressional District. Every day, it’s my mission to fight for freedom, opportunity and a limited government. In recent years, we’ve made a real difference. From Sacramento to Washington, we’ve enacted critical reforms to combat the modern day slavery of human trafficking. We’ve achieved commonsense tax and regulatory reforms to help small businesses and middle class families realize their American dream. And with great persistence, we’ve helped shut down the global ivory trade to save the world’s most majestic animals and deny vital funding to terrorist groups and criminal networks.’
This makes Royce the eighth House panel chairman to opt against seeking reelection in 2018. It is probable that Royce would have faced a tough path to reelection due to the fact that his district had become more competitive. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton actually won the district by nine points in 2016. Royce, who has served in the House since 1993, won reelection in the district by 14 points.
Royce went on to say in his speech:
‘In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin’s continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia. With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November.’
He ended his resignation by saying;
‘Orange County will always be home to Marie and me, and we look forward to being with all our friends at Lunar New Years, Korean American Days, Fourth of July and many other community events for years to come.’
After Royce made his announcement, The Cook Political Report which is non-partisan changed its prognostication for Royce’s district from “Lean Republican” to “Lean Democratic.”
Here were some comments in response to Wasserman’s tweet:
Trump allies are in a mad rush to maintain control of the House for fear that Trump could be impeached. According to CNN:
‘Top White House aides, lawmakers, donors and political consultants are privately asking whether President Donald Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril.
‘In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans inside and outside the White House told CNN conversations are ramping up behind the scenes about whether Trump fully grasps that his feuds with members of his own party and shortage of legislative achievements could soon put the fate of his presidency at risk.’