President Obama, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio all urged their fellow Democrats on Thursday to resist efforts by Trump and the Republican Party to gut protections for immigrants and veterans.
The Democratic leaders, however, stopped short of calling on Trump to withdraw his nomination of Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) to be the next ambassador to China.
The three Democrats have a shared disdain for Trump, and many of their Democratic opponents have expressed similar views.
Democrats, the party’s leading presidential candidates, are set to meet Friday to hammer out a strategy to block the president’s agenda and avoid a potential shutdown of the government.
Senate Democrats have so far resisted calls for a government shutdown, but some in their ranks say they must continue to resist any attempt to roll back immigration and veterans protections.
Democrats in the House have been more aggressive in opposing Trump’s agenda, while GOP lawmakers have signaled their willingness to compromise with Trump on some issues.
They also have indicated they may consider allowing Trump to continue to nominate Marino.
President Barack Obama, left, and former President Mitt Romney listen to remarks during a news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 20, 2021.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sept 12, 2021 in Washington, DC.
A portrait of former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden hangs in the lobby of the White House on Capitol Avenue in Washington.
Republicans have also signaled they might be willing to compromise on some aspects of Trump’s legislative agenda, including immigration, but they are unlikely to allow him to pick up the nomination of Marino.
The two parties are expected to meet on Friday to hash out a budget deal and other legislation.
The White House said on Thursday that the president would likely announce his pick for ambassador to the United Nations as soon as Friday.
Trump is also expected to announce the nominees of the U.S. ambassadors to the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights on Friday.
But the administration has not released any names for the ambassadors yet.
The U.N. has asked the Senate to confirm a nominee by Thursday afternoon, which would allow the Senate vote on the appointment later Friday.
The White House has yet to publicly announce the names of the ambassadors, though White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration would do so at a later date.