McConnell Guards GOP Incumbents Amid Reports Of Trump Rift

Tammy Harvey
August 25, 2017

It's comforting to know that our president and the leader of the dominant political party he's from spend time on the phone screaming at one another, each hoping the other will implode.

"I think the president failed to meet the standard that we would have expected a president to do in a time like that", Collins said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to tamp down on reports that he and the president are at odds and have not spoken in weeks.

Jackson pressed further to ask Collins if she could foresee herself withholding support for Pres. Trump as he seeks reelection in 2020.

"If I had chosen to run again, I would have voted the same way because the impact of the ACA repeal bill is the same regardless if my name appears on the ballot", she said.

If Trump's ultimatum is that it's either a wall or shutdown, we could see the standoff end with the first major legislative break-i.e., not just the occasional Twitter bickering-between congressional Republicans and the president.

"You're seeing a full majority that really should be executing at maximum efficiency, and yet the president is obsessed with destroying any opportunities of getting things done", the lobbyist said. Over the phone, the two engaged in a profane shouting match, as Mr. Trump, fearful of the F.B.I.'s investigation of his administration's possible ties to Russian Federation, accused Mr. McConnell of failing to protect him.

Considering the scope and depth of the scandals that now swirl around the president, Donald Trump should be on his knees thanking House and Senate Republicans for mostly giving him a pass on the myriad of things they could, nay should, be investigating.

He said "now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval".

From a policy perspective, the bill's provisions would seem to make sense, given that the United States intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation interfered with the election in order to help Trump.

Trump even threatened a government shutdown in September if Republicans don't deliver him a spending bill that includes the money he wants to start building a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

"We have to get rid of what's called the filibuster rule; we have to". Instead, she cast a write-in vote for House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in the general election. Mr. McConnell has made sharper comments in private, describing Mr. Trump as entirely unwilling to learn the basics of governing. I love the Great State of Arizona.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker has also sharply criticized Trump, telling his Tennessee constituents that the president "has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful".

Steven Law, a former chief of staff to McConnell and current CEO of the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC endorsed by McConnell to elect Senate Republicans, said that Republicans will be hyper-focused not on Trump but on tax reform in the fall.

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