- Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey has defected from the Democratic Party
- The lawmaker, who opposed the impeachment of Trump, is now a member of the Republican Party
- Drew also praised Trump’s record on the economy and pledged loyalty to his new party
U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey has defected from the Democratic Party to the Republicans.
President Donald Trump announced this on Thursday during a White House meeting, New York Times reports.
Trump introduced Van Drew in an Oval Office meeting that also included Vice President Mike Pence and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
“Jeff will be joining the Republican Party,” Trump said. “It’s a very exciting announcement.”
Van Drew said he has always been a moderate and this was why he decided to switch parties at such a controversial time in US politics.
He also blasted some in the Democratic Party for moving the party too far left.
“I believe that this is just a better fit for me,” he said. “This is who I am.”
Going further, he also praised Trump’s record on the economy and pledged loyalty to his new party.
“You have my undying support, always,” Van Drew said. Trump responded, saying: “I’m endorsing him.”
The announcement ended days of political uncertainty for Van Drew after the revelation last Saturday that he planned to switch parties.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives of the United States of America.
The members of the US House of Representatives voted 230 in favour of removing Trump against 197 for him not to be impeached on the first article of impeachment - abuse of power.
On the second article, which is obstruction of congress, the federal lawmakers voted 229 to 198 for Trump to be impeached.
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