Polling His Popularity, Trump Needles McConnell on Health Care

Kristopher Drake
August 11, 2017

Congressional Republicans are attempting to pivot away from Obamacare repeal toward tax reform.

Trump's repeated attacks on McConnell over health care also come during a major week for global relations.

President Donald Trump is escalating a feud with his party's leader in the Senate.

"And they don't have it", Trump said.

Our president has been on something of a warpath lately, as he is looking for anyone but himself to blame for the health care debacle.

McConnell's efforts to push through a healthcare bill collapsed last month when he failed to reconcile conflicting demands among conservatives and moderates in the party and get all of the Republicans in the Senate behind the legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday suggested President Donald Trump is getting impatient with Congress because he hasn't "been in this line of work before".

The Republican White House is attacking the Republican Senate Majority Leader as the pressure of governing is leading Republicans to destroy themselves.

McCain said he wanted Republicans and Democrats to work together on a health care plan and said he supported repealing Obamacare, but he wanted an immediate replacement.

"SenateMajLdr must have needed another 4 years - in addition to the 7 years - to repeal and replace Obamacare". Both before and after taking office, Trump spoke often about passing the health care overhaul quickly.

"Our new President, of course, has not been in this line of work before", said McConnell, according to a local CNN affiliate, which covered the event.

What's more, Trump also retweeted a poll from a right-leaning Twitter account called ProgressPolls that showed a survey saying 61 percent of people thought he was a better president than Obama.

Trump responded on Twitter three times in fewer than 24 hours following criticism from McConnell that the President had "excessive expectations" of Congress and that "artificial deadlines" hurt the GOP agenda. Yet, The New York Times wrote that by antagonising McConnell, Trump risks upending an already charged relationship with lawmakers who have joined him in the Republican government.

"So, I say very simply, 'Where is repeal and replace?' Now I want tax reform and tax cuts". He signed off with a somewhat encouraging message: "You can do it!"

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