The Latest: Biden slams GOP for not standing up to Trump

 
 
Updated 2/7/2018 4:58 PM
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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. On the heels of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Pelosi is expected to target the recently approved federal tax overhaul during a town hall-style meeting in Massachusetts. Her appearance at the event in Cambridge on Thursday, Feb. 1, is part of what organizers say is a nationwide tour featuring members of Congress and others to call attention to the Republican tax plan.

    FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. On the heels of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Pelosi is expected to target the recently approved federal tax overhaul during a town hall-style meeting in Massachusetts. Her appearance at the event in Cambridge on Thursday, Feb. 1, is part of what organizers say is a nationwide tour featuring members of Congress and others to call attention to the Republican tax plan. Associated Press

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., flanked by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, left, and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks with reporters as work continues on a plan to keep the government open as a funding deadline approaches, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., flanked by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, left, and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks with reporters as work continues on a plan to keep the government open as a funding deadline approaches, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Associated Press

  • From left, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., chat as they pass in the Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

    From left, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., chat as they pass in the Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Associated Press

  • The Capitol is seen in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Democrats head into the midterm elections with an energized party base, an unpopular president and a growing wave of GOP retirements. But as they gather on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to discuss 2018 strategy, they must grapple with how to balance a positive economic agenda with nearly nonstop railing against President Donald Trump.

    The Capitol is seen in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Democrats head into the midterm elections with an energized party base, an unpopular president and a growing wave of GOP retirements. But as they gather on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to discuss 2018 strategy, they must grapple with how to balance a positive economic agenda with nearly nonstop railing against President Donald Trump. Associated Press

  • From left, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., chat as they pass in the Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

    From left, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., chat as they pass in the Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Latest on House Democrats' strategy session (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is criticizing congressional Republicans for failing to stand up to President Donald Trump, even as Trump is "shredding" some of the nation's core values and launching an "all-out attack" on the news media and courts.

Biden says too many Republicans were silent as Trump gave "comfort and safe harbor" to neo-Nazis and white nationalists last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also says Republicans have failed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Addressing House Democrats at a strategy session Wednesday at the Capitol, Biden says Republicans appear willing "to do anything to protect this president, no matter how much it means abandoning their core principles."

Biden says he's confident Democrats will take back the House majority this fall.

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11:45 p.m.

Democrats are heading into the November elections with an energized party base, an unpopular president to rail against and a growing wave of GOP retirements. Now they just need a clear message.

In recent weeks, lawmakers have zigzagged from digging in against President Donald Trump - even forcing a government shutdown - to trying to cut deals. They've played to their core supporters on immigration, only to shift quickly to the middle on spending. They've amplified news about the Russia investigation and dueling classified memos, at the risk of drowning out their objections to Trump's economic policies.

Democrats had planned to retreat to Maryland's Eastern Shore to discuss 2018 strategy Wednesday, but instead were stuck in Washington locked in an immigration and spending debate that put their divisions on full display.

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