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Sen. Toomey: Trump Has Exhausted Strategies on Election

(CNBC/"Squawk Box")

By    |   Monday, 23 November 2020 11:27 AM

President Donald Trump has exhausted all "possibilities" for winning the election and should not try to "pressure, cajole, persuade" state legislators to "dismiss the will of their voters," Sen. Pat Toomey said Monday.

"Among the most fundamental aspects of our republic and a democratic system is to accept the outcome of elections, so I have fully supported the president's pursuing every plausible strategy, recounts, and litigating irregularity, but at some point, you exhaust those possibilities," the Pennsylvania Republican said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "I think the president has reached that point in Pennsylvania."

Toomey said he also thinks Trump has reached that point in Georgia, and in Michigan, he "wasn't even close," and at this point, he's concerned about the president's further plans. 

"The idea that a sitting president would try to, I don't know, pressure, cajole, persuade state legislators to dismiss the will of their voters and select their own group of electors and send them to the Electoral College is completely inconsistent with any kind of truly democratic society, so that shouldn't be going on in my view," said Toomey. 

He added that he's spoken with the White House and several of his colleagues, and he knows that he is "not alone in this view among Republican senators."

Toomey said he voted for Trump and endorsed him, but he also admitted that he's often disagreed with Trump, including being his "toughest critic" on trade policy and other actions.

"I don't have any regrets about having supported Donald Trump for reelection," said Toomey.

Meanwhile, Toomey, as a member of the oversight committee serving as a watchdog over the CARES Act money, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was correct in asking for programs that were authorized to end at the end of this year because the lending programs were supposed to have been finished by then. 

"The letters of the statute say that these programs need to wind down," said Toomey. "We shouldn't be giving the fed a permanent or even quasi-permanent multitrillion-dollar opportunity to engage in fiscal policy. These facilities did their job. It's time to put them away."

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