MSNBC Politics Reporter Michael Calderone reports on House Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who has been critical of President Donald Trump for the first time in his presidency.
Gutierrez said he was not happy with the president’s handling of the violence in Charlottesville and urged him to take more responsibility for the state of the country.
“I would be very, very upset if Donald Trump won the presidency, I think it’s not fair to expect him to be held to account,” Gutierrez said.
“It’s not like we’re living in the 21st century.
It’s a whole new world.”
Gutierrez, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Trump’s first executive order as president will likely be a “frozen freeze” on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which he said will “take care of a lot of the people who are hurting right now.”
“I think that’s going to be the biggest thing that the president does is take a lot more time to get the Affordable Health Care Act in place, which will create a lot, a lot fewer people on the waiting list,” Gutierrez told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“The idea that we’re going to make it so much easier for people to get health care and make it easier for folks to access insurance, is not going to happen.”
Gutierrez said the president “needs to get back to his core principles” of what he says he wants to achieve in office.
“We need to be more concerned with protecting the lives of police officers, the lives and safety of our kids,” he added.
Trump has faced criticism over the violence that occurred in Charlottesville.
The president has called for “peaceful protests” in the wake of the white supremacist rally that killed a counterprotester and injured many others.
Trump condemned the violence and has promised a thorough investigation into what caused it.
He has also faced criticism for using the term “alt-left” in reference to protesters in the streets of the city.