Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Trump attacks Mitch McConnell again, tweets he should 'get back to work'

FANCY FARM Ky. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks Saturday August 5 at the 137th annual Fancy Farm picnic in Graves County Ky KAT RUSSELL The Paducah Sun
Wilma Wheeler | 11 August, 2017, 02:04

Trump's jabs at McConnell on Wednesday following the Kentucky Senator's earlier defamatory statement emphasizing the President's inexperience and ignorance of how the Senate works and thus called Trump's expectation of the Obamacare repeal as being excessive.

"Our new President, of course, has not been in this line of work before", added the Senator.

Trump responded by pointing out that McConnell and the GOP have been promising health care reform for the last seven years, and that a failure to do so would result in a betrayal of the party's base.

Trump called McConnell to express his "disappointment" with those comments after they got out, the New York Times reported.

That changed after McConnell said Trump had "excessive expectations" about what congress would be able to achieve during a speech in Florence Tuesday.

But, even after McConnell was forced to delay that vote, he continued to push for passage of some sort of health care bill - ultimately coming up a single vote short.

McConnell fired the first shot on Monday, partly blaming Trump for setting "artificial deadlines, unrelated to the reality of the complexity of legislating", which resulted in the perception that Republicans have failed to follow through on their campaign promises.

In focusing more on Congress' responsibility to pick up the dropped ball on health care, Republicans appear to be indirectly dismissing Trump as a major policy player, at least on this issue.

"The leader has spoken repeatedly about the path forward regarding Obamacare repeal on the Senate floor, at media availabilities multiple times and in Kentucky", said spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier in an email. "Obviously we need as much help and support from the administration as well as we're doing this", he said.

For one, Republicans have never really reached a consensus about upending health care.

"Things like tax reform will begin to move by late fall, but the White House looks increasingly irrelevant in this process", Valliere said.

The Republican National Committee chair, Ronna Romney McDaniel, has taken to chastising elected Republicans critical of Trump, such as Jeff Flake, by pointing to those GOP candidates who lost in 2016 after publicly distancing themselves from the presidential nominee. That's because all of them had political careers long before Trump became a serious force within the party.

President Trump has been lamenting the failure by Republicans to repeal Obamacare for months.


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