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President Trump continued to lash out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, mocking the Kentucky Republican’s failure to pass new health care legislation.
“Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done,” Trump tweeted. “Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”
Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
The tweet comes a day after the president, his social media director and two Fox News hosts tore into McConnell’s public criticism of Trump’s legislative messaging.
“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so,” Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”
Senator Mitch McConnell said I had “excessive expectations,” but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
At a Rotary Club meeting in Florence, Ky., on Monday, McConnell painted the president is an unrealistic political novice.
“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before,” McConnell told a small group in Florence, Ky., this week. “And I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.”
In his remarks, McConnell also lamented that “artificial deadlines” are giving the impression that Senate Republicans are underperforming after the Senate failed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the first six months of Trump’s presidency.
“No Senator,” Fox’s Sean Hannity, a close Trump confidant, tweeted late Monday night, “YOU are a WEAK, SPINELESS leader who does not keep his word and you need to Retire!”
Hannity’s colleague, Lou Dobbs, said it’s time to “ditch Mitch.”
.@LouDobbs Slams @SenateMajLdr, Says It’s Time to ‘Ditch Mitch’ https://t.co/hsddHTEX3C
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 9, 2017
Dan Scavino Jr., the White House social media director, echoed Hannity and Dobbs in a pair of tweets Wednesday morning.
“More excuses,” Scavino wrote, adding: “#DrainTheSwamp! ASAP!!”
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) August 9, 2017
The Senate decamped from Washington on Thursday for a four-week August recess back in their home states after failing to deliver an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill long promised by the GOP.
Trump’s tweets about McConnell was tame compared to his frequent caustic barbs against his declared foes. During the campaign, for example, Trump frequently ripped into House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., whom he referred to as a “very weak and ineffective leader.”
— Yahoo News’ Liz Goodwin contributed to this report
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