President Trump Escalates Criticism of Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader

Irritated McConnell slaps Trump for 'excessive expectations'

In his latest Twitter salvo Thursday afternoon, Trump urged the Senate Majority Leader to "Get back to work" on health care, adding, "You can do it!"

Trump is targeting McConnell after the Republican Senator told a Rotary Club group in his home state Monday that the president "had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process".

Trump reminded McConnell, who on Tuesday pithily educated the president on how the legislative process works, that it has been seven years since the Republican Party began calling for Obamacare to be repealed and replaced.

"You can do it!" the President said, acknowledging the important position of McConnell, as a key leader of the Trump agenda in the Congress.

The White House says there's "some frustration" with the Senate's top Republican. Trump asked in a tweet regarding the Republican goal of ending ObamaCare.

Congress left for a five-week recess last week after failing to pass a partial repeal of Obamacare.

A few hours after that, he signaled his annoyance by completing the progression from "Senator" to "Mitch McConnell" to just "Mitch".

He also spoke to one of the senators, Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who introduced a bill that could potentially protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by the President, though it was not known whether the bill was addressed during the conversation. "I think the president can't disassociate himself from this", Gingrich said in an interview on Fox News on Thursday morning.

Heye said that with Trump's job approval numbers declining among the Republican base, "now is the time to build support within the party". Finally, McConnell brought a bare-bones repeal to the Senate floor and it failed by one vote.

"All I hear is repeal and replace".

Second, in a week in which much of the country is disturbed that the president lacks the gravitas, discipline and judgment to be commander in chief, Trump's attack reinforces the idea that he is motivated by personal pique and is incapable of dispassionate strategizing.

After a rough and largely unproductive six months working together, Mitch McConnell let Donald Trump have it.

What's more, Trump also retweeted a poll from a right-leaning Twitter account called ProgressPolls that showed a survey saying 61 percent of people thought he was a better president than Obama.



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