Escalating Trump-McConnell feud highlights stalled agenda

Published on Friday, 11 August 2017 20:56
Written by The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump’s escalating feud with his top Senate partner undercuts the president’s stalled agenda on tax overhaul and budget while prompting swift pushback from Republican senators who have lined up squarely behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump launched a barrage of criticism at McConnell over the collapse of the seven-year GOP campaign to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and even suggested on Thursday that the Kentucky Republican might have to rethink his future as leader if he doesn’t deliver on the president legislative lineup.

“Well, I tell you what, if he doesn’t get repeal-and-replace done and if he doesn’t get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn’t get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, if he doesn’t get them done, then you can ask me that question,” the president told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is in the midst of a 17-day break from Washington.

Trump on Thursday called McConnell’s failure to pass an “Obamacare” repeal last month “a disgrace.” On Friday, Trump retweeted headlines from “Fox & Friends” about his verbal assault on McConnell and possible fallout for GOP senators who criticize the president.

Mmbers of the Republican caucus praised McConnell.

“Passing POTUS’s legislative agenda requires a team effort. No one is more qualified than Mitch McConnell to lead Senate in that effort,” tweeted Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.

“From health care to tax reform to infrastructure, tough issues to tackle this fall and none better than @SenateMajLdr to get a good outcome,” tweeted Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Friday, 11 August 2017 20:56. Updated: Friday, 11 August 2017 20:59.