Trump Criticizes McConnell for Failure to Advance Health-Law Reform
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 11, 2017,
Aug 11, 2017, 0:18
Failure of the Republican Party to repeal and replace Obamacare has started an intra-party squabble between President Donald Trump and party's Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, with both criticising each other openly.
It's the latest development in a continuing feud between President Donald Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump on Wednesday publicly rejected that notion while on a 17-day working vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
After three Senate Republican amendments to repeal the nation's health care law failed in late July, Republican senators have said they would move on from health care and focus on shared priority issues such as tax reform and the federal budget. Trump tweeted on Thursday.
However, McConnell is an essential and indispensable ally for Trump as the president stems an ambitious tax plan and pushes to fund his long-promised border wall while averting a government shutdown next month.
Alienating the Senate majority leader could make it far more hard for Trump to achieve his legislative goals, which include tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending as well as health care reform. "You can do it!"
McConnell, who Trump largely relied upon to twist enough arms to pass the skinny repeal, said Tuesday that the president's hopes were too high. The administration has also been mired in investigations into contacts between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and distracted by infighting among high-level White House staff.
Republicans placed health care at the top of their 2017 agenda when the year began. Nursing a 52-48 majority, McConnell needed support from 50 GOP senators to prevail because of unanimous Democratic opposition, but there were enough Republican "no" votes on each tally to sink the effort. Then, he implied that McConnell should step aside from his position as Senate Majority Leader. While Valliere said he doesn't necessarily think this will create more chaos for the political deliberations, it shows Trump is cut out of the deliberation.
The conservative Brooks has criticized McConnell before, accusing him of doing a poor job of crafting a health care bill that could pass the Senate. But in the absence of that, we're going to be moving on.
McConnell said earlier this week that Trump was frustrated with the speed of Congress because the president "has not been in this line of work before".
"It isn't unreasonable to expect Republicans to keep their promises and McConnell's excuse is yet another example of why he should be replaced as the Republican leader", Mr. Cuccinelli said in an email blast. And he might be a useful White House ally as investigations progress into collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign. "Obviously there's some frustration".
The early morning tweet is a continuation of the president's singling out of the one man tasked with leading the GOP in the Senate.