Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table 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 McCarthyDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Omar, Boebert blast one another after tense call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back 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.