Trump, McConnell Blaming Each Other for Failing to Kill Obamacare. Who's Right?

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell vents about Trump's 'excessive expectations' regarding legislation

Irritated McConnell slaps Trump for 'excessive expectations'

Senator Mitch McConnell said I had "excessive expectations", but I don't think so.

"Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before".

Donald Trump has pushed back against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's contention that the President had "excessive expectations" about the speed of the democratic process, further displaying the strained relationship between the White House and Congress over the failure of Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare.

The Republican-controlled Senate last month narrowly defeated a bill that would have repealed parts of former President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act - one of Trump's major campaign pledges.

And Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, a fervent Trump backer, called McConnell "weak" and "spineless". "Obviously there's some frustration".

Hours later, Trump used Twitter to target McConnell again, nudging him to plunge into issues such as tax reform and infrastructure, even though Congress is on recess until after Labor Day. If the ACA were to be repealed without a replacement, 32 million people would lose health insurance, according to the congressional budget office. "Growing animated, Mr. Trump emphasized that he would continue to push for a repeal, the person said, and suggested Mr. McConnell do the same".

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 healthcare reform.

"I am honored that President Trump has designated me as Chairman of the Commission until Kevin McIntyre is confirmed, and I am eager to take on this responsibility", Chatterjee said in a statement.

"SenateMajLdr must have needed another 4 years - in addition to the 7 years - to repeal and replace Obamacare". "For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace, and frankly it shouldn't have happened".

However, when reporters asked whether McConnell should resign, Trump only told them to ask should the majority leader fail to get several legislative items passed. Chris Coons to introduce a measure Thursday that would make it more hard for a president to fire any special counsel - retroactive to Mueller's appointment in May. The attacks are a risky approach considering Trump's slumping job approval ratings among his most fervent supporters.

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, however, conceded that President Trump's impatience was a least partly warranted.

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