Trump pushes back on McConnell's 'excessive expectations' line

Irritated McConnell slaps Trump for 'excessive expectations'

Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill.

"After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?" continued Trump, referring to Senate Republicans' efforts to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Part of the reason I think people feel like we're underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines - unrelated to the reality of the complexity of legislating - may not have been fully understood", McConnell said.

"I think no action is probably not going to work, because you've got a lot of private health insurance markets imploding", McConnell said.

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.

"Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing".

"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.

The exchanges likely will not help relations between the president and Republican senators.

First, Congress is already ignoring him; Republicans have made clear they are moving on from health care and his peevish rant won't change their minds. His targets have begun to narrow, and the Majority Leader of the Senate is firmly in his crosshairs. She said the two men spoke by phone Wednesday and that the conversation included talk of health care.

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.

"Obviously, there's some frustration", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Trump's tweets.

This Republican infighting, while fun to watch, is just further proof that even with control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, they are incapable of governing. Brooks was critical of Trump past year during the presidential campaign, pointing to his "serial adultery", and, more recently, the congressman slammed the president for his "public waterboarding" of Sessions on Twitter.

That followed a Tweet directed at McConnell on the same topic earlier in the day. Now, it would be one thing if Trump's poll numbers were high and he was helping to enact a GOP agenda.

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