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GOP Congress Staff Worried About Lack of Communication With WH

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 12:07 PM

The Republican communications staff in Congress are questioning whether the White House has heard their concerns about being left out of the loop on information, according to Politico.

Republican senators received tens of thousands of calls and emails about Betsy DeVos, secretary of education nominee, and congressional aides and members said they had little contact with the White House or input into policies.

"We said it would be nice to get some cover on this because we're taking the heat on our own. But there was radio silence," one Republican senator's communications director said.

One senior White House official said they are working on more "consistent communication" with congressional leaders. Now, congressional leaders said they know when executive orders are being discussed, and President Donald Trump has begun communicating regularly with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The White House is now aiming to build up its overextended staff. Trump's deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will be adding up to 15 people with ties to both tea party members and establishment Republicans, according to Politico.

"They are filling these jobs as fast as they can," New York Rep. Chris Collins said.

Senior GOP legislators have criticized the White House for forcing them into positions to address and defend the president's statements with no talking points or other information, officials told Politico.

Meetings with the head of Trump's surrogate team, Boris Epshteyn, were not productive. He ended one meeting after "maybe five minutes," one source said.

During a Monday meeting, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told the aides not to worry about the people who are making thousands of calls about Trump's Cabinet picks. "She basically said the people jamming up the phones don't matter to this White House. That this administration just cares about what matters to 'real people,'" one aide said.

The weekly meeting ended abruptly Monday when one staff member asked Conway if she had seen the "Saturday Night Live" skit that parodied press secretary Sean Spicer. A source told Politico that when asked if she thought the skit was funny, her face "turned to stone … they definitely did not find it funny. And then they walked out."

While Republicans are getting to meet with the White House staff, Democrats have been largely ignored. But one senior Democratic aide had no issue with that. "They aren't working on anything bipartisan, so we don't really have a reason to talk with them," the aide said.

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