Of course presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the occasion to drive
A day later, Trump met with House and Senate Republicans. At the House meeting, Trump was asked about how about as President he would go about protecting Congress' Article I powers. The issue is near and dear to Republican lawmakers who have felt President Obama consistently encroached authority. Trump though apparently didn't know what Articles were or confused Articles with amendments. Trump said he would protect Article I, Article II (which outlines executive power), and Article XII. There is no Article XII of the Constitution - they stop with Article VII. Trump's lack of knowledge about the Constitution he would be sworn to defend as President caused considerable concern among several House members.
But Trump's meeting with Senate membership went even worse. Trump got into it with Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, The Washington Post reports what happened:
When Flake stood up and introduced himself, Trump told him, “You’ve been very critical of me.”
Yes, I’m the other senator from Arizona — the one who didn’t get captured — and I want to talk to you about statements like that,” Flake responded, according to two Republican officials.
Flake was referencing Trump’s comments last summer about the military service of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict. Trump questioned whether McCain was a war hero because he was captured.
Flake told Trump that he wants to be able to support him — “I’m not part of the Never Trump movement,” the senator said — but that he remains uncomfortable backing his candidacy, the officials said.
Trump said at the meeting that he has yet to attack Flake hard but threatened to begin doing so. Flake stood up to Trump by urging him to stop attacking Mexicans. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year, the sources said.Flake was not the only Senator Trump attacked during the meeting. Trump also referred to Senator Mark Kirk as a "loser," which is ironic since the Republican Kirk won a state six years ago - Illinois - that Trump has no chance of winning this Fall.
Apparently Trump thinks the way to persuade in politics is by bullying elected officials with threats and engaging in schoolyard name-calling. All that does is reinforce the (very accurate) view of Trump as someone who is lacking in temperament and unfit for the Office of the Presidency.