Trump Steps Up Fight With McConnell in New Tweets
'Get back to work' on health care, president urges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2017 7:17 AM CDT
Updated Aug 10, 2017 1:55 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump isn't ready to wrap up a new public feud with Mitch McConnell. The president's first tweet of the day on Thursday called out the Senate majority leader, marking the second straight day he has done so. "Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done," he wrote. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" Hours later, he added another: "Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!" As the New York Times reports, this all started earlier in the week when McConnell—whose wife, Elaine Chao, is Trump's transportation secretary—said that the president had "excessive expectations" about how fast legislation could be passed by Congress.

Trump called McConnell to complain about the remark Wednesday morning in what Fox News describes as a "tense" 10-minute conversation. A few hours after that, he tweeted, "Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations,' but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?" McConnell's camp has downplayed the rift. At CNN, Chris Cillizza notes that White House social media chief Dan Scavino also criticized McConnell, and Cillizza doesn't get the strategy. "From where I sit, this was a needless fight to pick that could have decidedly negative consequences" for Trump's agenda. In particular, Trump will need McConnell for the two mentioned in his most recent tweet, tax reform and infrastructure spending, notes the Washington Post. One person who disagrees: Fox's Sean Hannity, who tweeted that McConnell is "weak" and should retire.

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