President Trump, in a private meeting with Senate Republicans on Tuesday, called Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff a “pencil neck,” claimed Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell has “no feel” for the economy – and denigrated both of their golf games, according to a report.
About two dozen GOP lawmakers huddled with Trump in the White House as the president lobbied them to pass his new USMCA trade plan with Mexico and Canada to replace NAFTA.
During the meeting in the Cabinet Room, Trump referred several times to Schiff as a “pencil neck” and said the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee would be a terrible golfer because he would be able to drive the ball only 50 yards down the fairway, Politico reported Wednesday.
He also used a golfing metaphor to blast Powell, saying he was a bad putter with “no feel” for the economy.
The term “pencil neck” is one of conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh’s favorite insults for Schiff, who has been one of the leading Democratic voices alleging Trump colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.
Even after Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report concluding there was no collusion, Schiff doubled down.
“Undoubtedly, there is collusion,” he told the Washington Post on Tuesday. “We will continue to investigate the counterintelligence issues.”
Republicans and White House officials, on the offensive since Barr released his summary on Sunday, has called on Schiff to step down.
As for Powell, Trump hasn’t been shy about criticizing Powell’s handling of the Federal Reserve, especially raising interest rates, that the president says harms the economy.
In a Dec. 24 Tweet, Trump lashed out at the Fed after a downturn in the stock market.
“The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They don’t have a feel for the Market,” he wrote. “The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch – he can’t putt!”