Trump's vacation message to McConnell: 'Get back to work'

Friday, 11 Aug, 2017

Before Congress broke for the August recess and before the President left for Bedminster last week, Trump held a few one-on-one meetings with Republican senators at the White House who were heavily involved in health care.

The president bristled this week after McConnell, R-Ky., told an audience in his home state that Trump had "not been in this line of work before" and had "excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process".

As the New York Times reports, this all started earlier in the week when McConnell-whose wife, Elaine Chao, is Trump's transportation secretary-said that the president had "excessive expectations" about how fast legislation could be passed by Congress.

"Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before". When they continue to ignore his heckling, it will be Trump who, once again, looks impotent.

"Attacking the Senate majority leader of your own party is utterly incomprehensible and completely wrongheaded", said Michael Steel, a Republican strategist who was an aide to the former House speaker John A. Boehner and to Jeb Bush, a Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Trump slammed Senate Republicans for failing to pass an Obamacare repeal plan.

The back-and-forth between the president and the Senate Republican leader highlights the starkly different governing styles of the two men. While the health care bill was sinking in the Senate, Trump was telling his supporters that it was going to pass. "If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute".

It began with a little Twitter prodding yesterday in response to McConnell's criticism of Trump's expectations, and his penchant for setting arbitrary deadlines that have nothing to do with the legislation in question. As a candidate, he promised to "immediately" repeal and replace Obamacare.

President Trump claimed, on multiple occasions throughout the health care debate, that the White House would deliver an Obamacare replacement proposal that could ostensibly serve as a legislative template for Congress.

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. Finally, McConnell brought a bare-bones repeal to the Senate floor and it failed by one vote. Sanders said she didn't know how long they talked. Now, it would be one thing if Trump's poll numbers were high and he was helping to enact a GOP agenda.