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Coons Slams Trump for Picking Twitter Fights With UCLA, Others

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 02:50 PM

Sen. Chris Coons Wednesday slammed President Donald Trump for focusing on his Twitter feud with the father of UCLA player LiAngelo Ball rather than more serious issues facing the country.

"I would hope that our president, as we look forward to Thanksgiving, would be expressing his concerns, his concern for the three missing sailors and their families, his gratitude that eight have been returned safely," the Delaware Democrat told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, referencing a Navy jet crash in the Western Pacific ocean.

However, in addition to slamming Ball's father, LeVar, as an "ungrateful fool," Trump also tweeted about the plane crash, asking for prayers for all involved.

Coons also criticized Trump for not expressing ongoing concern about those in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where there are still citizens struggling after hurricanes.

"We've also got breaking or developing international issues in North Korea and in Syria with Russia and elsewhere," Coons said. "Why the president continues to choose to pick fights like this Twitter fight with LaVar is beyond me. It shows a lack of discipline and focus by our commander in chief."

Trump did have conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, noted Mitchell, but Coons said the Russian leader "views the world through the lens of how he can help Russia and harm the United States."

Further, Putin's embrace of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this week also was an opportunity to re-insert Russia into the Middle East, Coons said.

"Vladimir Putin is engaging Assad and no pathway to get rid of Assad concerns me greatly," Coons said. "Our president had a number of key issues missing, one that he didn't address human rights in several countries where he should have raise it and two that he said he accepts Putin's argument, that he really didn't interfere in the United States elections"

Coons also criticized the Trump administration for making it a priority to deport tens of thousands of Haitians who came to the United States following the 2010 earthquake.

"I have to ask why they're making it a priority [to deport] tens of thousands of Haitians in the United States, who are working without any difficulties or problems," Coons said. "Those who commit crimes are deported. Those who are here have a country that is destroyed first by an earthquake and more recently harmed by a hurricane to which their force returned will not be a positive thing. We don't have, in my view, bipartisan support for trying to slow or revert these decisions by the administration and I question why this is a priority at this time for our administration."

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands continue to struggle from their hurricanes, he added, so "why would we force 59,000 Haitians back to their country of origin at a time when their country is struggling with recovery?"

Coons, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he'll try to secure bipartisan support to reverse the administration's action.

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Sen. Chris Coons Wednesday slammed President Donald Trump for focusing on his Twitter feud with the father of UCLA player LiAngelo Ball rather than more serious issues facing the country.
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