GOP Rep. Liz Cheney responds to criticism over fist bumping Biden: ‘We’re not sworn enemies’
WASHINGTON — Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who has come under attack by some GOP colleagues over her support for impeaching Donald Trump, came under fire again this week for her friendly greeting of President Joe Biden at his address to Congress.
“I disagree strongly w/ @JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way,” Cheney tweeted Thursday evening.
The two exchanged a fist bump in the House chamber on Wednesday evening, where he gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.
US President Joe Biden (C) greets Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) with a fist bump before addressing a joint session of congress in the House chamber of the US Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHIP SOMODEVILLA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775649299 ORIG FILE ID: AFP_98X97B.jpg (Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA, POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
“We’re different political parties. We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans,” Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, tweeted.
The GOP caucus chair was also seen chatting with South Carolina Democrat James Clyburn.
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Cheney said again this week that the Republican Party needs to move on from its association with Trump. She was a critic of his presidency and has become a target of the former president and his supporters. Trump has labeled her a “warmonger” and encouraged Republicans to vote her out of office.
The Wyoming Republican has been critical of Biden as well, and before his address to Congress sent tweets accusing him of “failing the American people” and pursuing “dangerous and divisive policies to appease the far-left.”
But the fist bump she shared with Biden caught the attention of her critics, such as Donald Trump Jr., whose tweet slamming Cheney for the greeting was widely shared among the Trump circle of Republican supporters.
Cheney was also greeted at the address by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has publicly defended her amid attacks from the far right.
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