An Iowa Democrat on Tuesday alleged she was disinvited from attending a tour of an ethanol plant with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Armed Companies Republican plots push for 0B protection funds Amash exits Home Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance Amash exits Home Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance MORE and different officers, accusing the White Home of placing “political theater” forward of bipartisanship.
However the White Home disputed the account of Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneHouse Democrats pull laws that may give lawmakers increase Home Democrats pull laws that may give lawmakers increase Will Hollywood be coaxed to the political center? MORE‘s (D-Iowa) workplace, asserting the invitation was solely to attend Trump’s remarks on the facility and was by no means withdrawn.
“Congresswoman Axne was invited to attend the President’s remarks in Council Bluffs at this time, and such invite was by no means rescinded,” a senior White Home official stated. “It’s unlucky that she is selecting to spend her time within the D.C. swamp whereas the President reveals true management and appreciation for our Nation’s agriculture group in Iowa.”
The autumn out over the occasion was first reported by The Des Moines Register.
The Hill obtained correspondence between the 2 events that confirmed Axne’s workplace particularly requested if the congresswoman can be receiving an invite to the president’s ethanol plant tour in Council Bluffs.
The White Home later responded that Axne’s workplace would obtain an invitation, although the invitation makes no specific point out of the tour.
Axne’s workplace despatched out a information launch on Monday saying she had accepted a White Home invitation to affix Trump on his tour of Southwest Iowa Renewable Vitality, an ethanol facility situated in her house district.
The congresswoman’s workplace obtained a telephone name after sending the advisory clarifying that they weren’t invited to affix the president on his tour.
“Sadly, the White Home determined on the final minute that political theater was extra necessary than working collectively for the advantage of all Iowans and rescinded the invitation to the tour,” Madeleine Russak, a spokeswoman for Axne, stated in an announcement to The Hill. “It seems they’re solely permitting Republican elected officers to attend the tour, so Congresswoman Axne is now again in Washington.”
Russak informed The Hill that the congresswoman flew again to the capital on Tuesday, and that she has requested an in-person assembly with Trump to debate tariffs and ethanol coverage that impacts her constituents.
Axne’s absence was obvious when Trump acknowledged a number of public officers who had been in attendance through the occasion in Council Bluffs. Sens. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDems get behind businesswoman difficult Joni Ernst Dems get behind businesswoman difficult Joni Ernst The Hill’s Morning Report – Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs ‘silly’ Senate GOP MORE (R-Iowa) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerCongress readies for battle over nuclear coverage Trump’s pursuit of infrastructure deal hits GOP roadblock Why America wants the power to trace enemy missiles from area MORE (R-Neb.), Govs. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), and Omaha, Neb., Mayor Jean Stothert (R) had been in attendance. All are Republicans.
Axne was first elected to signify Iowa’s third Congressional District final yr when she defeated incumbent Rep. David YoungerDavid Edmund YoungIowa Republican ousted in 2018 says he’ll run to reclaim Home seat The 31 Trump districts that can decide the subsequent Home majority Nervousness grows in first tax season below Trump legislation MORE (R-Iowa). Trump carried the district by 3.5 proportion factors in 2016.