The Washington Examiner, a conservative Washington, D.C., online newspaper, has posted its list of President Donald Trump’s eight favorite members of Congress. They include, you guessed it, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, and Rep. Tom Marino, R-10, Lycoming Twp.
Strangely, Mr. Barletta ranks second, Mr. Marino seventh, even though Mr. Marino endorsed Mr. Trump three weeks earlier. Of course, if you were paying attention, that makes sense. Mr. Trump considered Mr. Barletta for secretary of labor. If he considered Mr. Marino for anything or is considering him for anything, it has never become public.
So here’s what the Examiner had to say about the two local congressmen. The link to the full story is above.
2. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., and Trump share notoriety for their stances on illegal immigration.
Barletta, a founding Trump Caucus member, rose to national prominence in 2006 when, as the mayor of Hazleton, population 25,000, his city was the first to pass a local immigration enforcement ordinance.
“What he campaigned on struck a nerve with me, especially illegal immigration,” Barletta said about joining the Trump Caucus when the magnate had “less than a 1 percent chance of winning.”
The criticism Trump endured for his immigration positions reminded Barletta of when he himself became a national lightning rod. But Barletta said Trump has to make good on his campaign promise to clamp down on illegal immigration.
“It’s one of the reasons he got so much support, and I think it’s important that we follow through,” said Barletta, who just won a fourth term. “The American people are expecting it.
“My experience with … Trump is, he means what he says, and I don’t think he’s one to back down,” he continued. “I believe him; he will follow through … he will secure the border and he will make us safe.”
7. Rep. Tom Marino was co-chairman, along with Barletta, of Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign. He was the fourth lawmaker to endorse Trump, saying at the time that he did so because Trump is “the man for the unprotected … not the protected, not for the Wall Street people, not for the D.C. insiders, but for the hard-working taxpayers.”
He told Politico that backing Trump was “one of my life-changing moments.”
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK