Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE reportedly asked U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue if the group's endorsements of Democratic lawmakers were a “done deal” in a phone call Friday.

Axios, citing two sources familiar with the call, reported that Donohue spoke with Trump and Vice President Pence, who both reportedly criticized the business lobbying group for endorsing 23 House freshmen Democrats this cycle.

A Chamber spokesperson declined to comment to The Hill about conservations with the White House.


The Hill first reported earlier this month that the Chamber was endorsing the nearly two dozen House freshman Democrats as well as 29 freshman Republicans.

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Donohue stressed on the call that the Chamber uses a scorecard system to decide on endorsements and doesn’t plan to change its process, according to Axios.

A Chamber committee votes on a list of recommended freshmen for political endorsements, which is determined by a member’s scorecard based on their voting record and how often they voted on the Chamber’s priorities.

Donohue noted the importance of bipartisanship to get Chamber priorities done, such as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, according to Axios.

Following the news of the group endorsing the 23 freshmen House Democrats, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHere's how presidents move into the White House in just hours on Inauguration Day Three more major companies suspend PAC donations after Capitol riots Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off MORE (R-Calif.) said he didn't want the Chamber’s endorsement “because they have sold out.” 

“It is hypocrisy that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would endorse the Democrats that are part of this socialist agenda that is driving this country out, and it's fighting this president,” the leader said earlier this month.