The White House asked Sen. Kevin Cramer to block a motion calling the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire a “genocide” and the North Dakota Republican complied, Cramer told CNN on Thursday.
The White House approached Cramer’s foreign affairs team in search of a senator to stop a unanimous consent request — which allows legislation with wide support to pass without holding a roll call vote, as long as no senator objects — on an Armenian genocide resolution. Cramer said the White House wanted the resolution blocked because President Donald Trump had just met with the Turkish President at the NATO summit…
Cramer said he agreed with the White House’s reasoning but doesn’t plan to object again, predicting that the resolution will ultimately pass.
“I don’t know that it can be objected to much longer,” he told CNN.