GOP senator: Congress will ‘undo the damage’ from Obama

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerOvernight Health Care: US coronavirus deaths hit 200,000 | Ginsburg's death puts future of ObamaCare at risk | Federal panel delays vote on initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot MORE (R-Colo.) says the GOP-led Congress will reverse President Obama’s decisions.

“The president spent a lot of time bragging about what he was going to accomplish with the pen and the phone,” he told Fox News’s Steve Doocy on “Fox and Friends” Thursday.


“But those same actions can be undone with the pen and the phone and a Congress that was sent back into the majority in the House and the Senate with a mission to undo the damage to our economy and to opportunities that this president has created these last eight years,” added Gardner, who backed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE.

“That’s what we’re going to do — make sure opportunities, innovation, entrepreneurs happen again, [are] successful again, for the people of this country.”

Gardner was not an enthusiastic Trump supporter during the campaign. He has called Trump a "buffoon," and his eventual August endorsement of Trump didn't mention Trump by name. After the October release of Trump's 2005 "Access Hollywood" video, in which Trump can be heard making sexually lewd comments about women, Gardner called for the candidate to step aside. 

Trump has promised to use the GOP’s newfound clout to tackle his agenda and nullify key parts of Obama’s legacy.

The president-elect has threatened to exit the Iran nuclear agreement, for example, and has also vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Trump's Cabinet picks, meanwhile, have so far made clear that Trump’s administration may split from Obama’s on several important issues. 

On Thursday, Trump confirmed that he wants Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Pruitt, who is Oklahoma’s attorney general, has emerged as a fierce antagonist of the EPA during the Obama administration.

Trump on Thursday said Pruitt would take the EPA away from what he views as its current job-killing, anti-energy agenda.

“For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and other businesses and industries at every turn,” he said. 

“As my EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, the highly respected attorney general from the state of Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air clean and our water safe."