Trump's latest Twitter target: Mitch McConnell over health care
Aug 11 2017
A representative from McConnell's office reported that, in spite of any statements that may appear to be in-fighting, the Senate Majority is indeed allied with the President's cause to repeal and replace ObamaCare. After McConnell suggested that Trump had "excessive expectations" about what could be accomplished on Capitol Hill, the president tweeted: "Senator Mitch McConnell said I had "excessive expectations", but I don't think so".
President Trump isn't ready to wrap up a new public feud with Mitch McConnell.
"Yet it's now the second week of August, none of these things have been done, and Mitch McConnell is making excuses and blaming others while the Senate is on a monthlong recess", he said.
The appointment came as Trump resumed his taunts of McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, expressing disbelief that McConnell couldn't persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill. They figure, with some reason, that they'll have careers or legacies long after Trump has left the White House.
"[Mitch McConnell] must have needed another 4 years - in addition to the 7 years - to repeal and replace Obamacare".
A few hours after that, he signaled his annoyance by completing the progression from "Senator" to "Mitch McConnell" to just "Mitch".
The president harangued Republican senators on Twitter for much of the summer, urging them not to be "quitters" on health care reform.
The tweet continued a theme Trump began Wednesday when he questioned why Republicans haven't been able to repeal and replace Obamacare - an effort that began soon after the law was passed in 2010 - despite now controlling Congress and the executive branch.
Gingrich said it was "goofy" for Republicans to be turning against one another, and that given the complexity of the issue he believes it could take between three and five years and as many as a dozen legislative attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act.
McConnell, in a speech on Monday in his home state of Kentucky, said there had been too many artificial deadlines around legislation and the president was disappointed when lawmakers did not meet them.
President Trump responded using his personal Twitter account.
Fourth, to the extent Trump makes Senate Republicans the enemy, he helps Democrats who, until now, were thought to have only a remote chance of winning the Senate majority.