Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus 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.

The Democrats included Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (S.C.), Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerChamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Spanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter Murphy: Russia will become more of a threat to US election while Trump is in quarantine MORE (Va.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsChamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report MORE (Kan.), Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornChamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Republican fears grow over rising Democratic tide Stand-alone bill to provide relief for airlines blocked on House floor MORE (Okla.), Colin Allred (Texas), Andy Kim (N.J.) and Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerCentrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE (Iowa).

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 Owen McCarthyConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate 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.