President Donald Trump thanked Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) last year for blocking a bill that requires campaigns to notify the FBI if they receive an offer of foreign aid, according to the Tennessean.
- The bill, introduced by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and known as the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections Act, required unanimous consent to move forward, so Blackburn’s objection stopped the bill dead in its tracks.
- In a press release, Blackburn said:
"I objected to the unanimous consent proposal presented on the floor because it was a blatant political stunt. My colleagues on the left tried to rush this legislation through the Senate without giving it a chance for the careful consideration and debate needed to address such an important issue. Of course action needs to be taken to protect the integrity of our elections, but let’s do this the right way."
- Trump was quick to respond, thanking Blackburn in a tweet, writing: "Thank you Senator @MarshaBlackburn for fighting obstructionist Democrats led by Cryin' Chuck Schumer. Democrats continue to look for a do-over on the Mueller Report and will stop at nothing to distract the American people from the great accomplishments of this Administration!”
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized Blackburn on Twitter at the time, calling her objection to the bill “outrageous.”