House Speaker Richard Corcoran performed some colossal cozying up to President Donald Trump in a letter genuflecting to the president for his efforts to overhaul welfare programs.
Trump this week ordered federal agencies to strengthen work requirements in federal assistance programs. The move could affect recipients of food stamps, cash assistance and housing aid.
“Your comprehensive plan to move struggling Americans off government assistance and into the ranks of the working class is proof you’re doing the job that the American people elected you to do,” Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican who is purportedly mulling a bid for governor, wrote in a two-page letter to Trump dated yesterday.
Corcoran used Trump’s proposed welfare reforms as an opportunity to trash former President Barack Obama, without naming him.
“Unlike your predecessor, you recognize the dignity and self-respect derived from a hard and honest day’s work,” Corcoran wrote, accusing “the previous administration” of fostering “a culture of government dependency.”
In contrast, according to the speaker, Trump has “reinvigorated the pioneering spirit with your ‘can-do’ attitude.”
Corcoran’s love note came the same day excerpts from a new tell-all memoir by FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired, were released.
Not surprisingly, Comey, the political version of a bitter ex-wife, paints a very different picture of the president than Corcoran, likening Trump’s handling of the White House to that of a mob boss.
“We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded,” he wrote in “A Higher Loyalty,” due out next week.