Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was questioned by CNN reporter on Oct. 10, about the appropriateness of President Trump calling on the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. Ernst refused to give a straight answer, stressing that the “picture painted by the media” was insufficient to draw a conclusion.
She insisted that all the information would go to the Senate Intelligence so that things can be sorted out “in a bipartisan fashion without media interdiction.”
Ernst already expressed her stance about the president’s call with the Ukraine president, claiming, “I’ve looked at the transcript; I don’t see anything there.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) later gave mocking comments on Ernst’s interview in her tweet,
Republicans are now refusing to answer the simplest question: whether it’s acceptable for a president to pressure foreign countries to undermine our elections.
American elections should be decided by Americans, not by “favors” from foreign governments.https://t.co/wrx4NhPT48
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 10, 2019
Ernst reacted to her statement on her tweet on the same day,
Actually, American elections should be decided by ELECTIONS. Not politicians. I know you’re still upset about the results from 2016, but people here in Iowa would sure appreciate it if you spent less time playing political games and actually brought #USMCAnow up for a vote. https://t.co/YM07a1MXbl
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) October 10, 2019
In her earlier statement, Ernst emphasized, “House Democrats should be focused on helping us lower health care costs for folks across the country and passing the widely supported USMCA.”
Ernst has repeatedly urged House Democrats to focus on providing services to the people rather than playing their political games against President Trump.
If House Democrats were serious about helping Iowans, they’d pass #USMCAnow.
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) October 2, 2019
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) October 7, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence also echoed the urging of Sen Ernst in his speech in Iowa on Oct. 10,
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 10, 2019
The USMCA now awaits the approval of the House. Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said last week he sent a letter to Pelosi urging her to work toward the approval of the new USMCA, reported Reuters.