Trump, McConnell 'remain united': White House

Friday, 25 Aug, 2017

Trump participated in a discussion with retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.

President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), intensifying a feud with his own party's congressional leaders.

Trump revealed that he requested both leaders to put the debt ceiling legislation into the Veterans Affairs Bill so that it would pass easily, but said they didn't listen.

McConnell is said to be telling colleagues that he doesn't expect Trump to finish out the term as president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises there is "zero chance" Congress won't raise the nation's debt ceiling with a deadline fast approaching.

A new piece in The New York Times says the two have not spoken in weeks, and McConnell has even expressed doubts that Trump can "salvage his administration".

In a phone call on August 9, Trump blamed McConnell for the Senate's troubled efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce Aug. 21, McConnell rejected one of Trump's most frequent statements, telling an audience that "most news is not fake", according to Politico.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a similar statement Wednesday evening.

In his flurry of morning tweets, Trump also shared a post that featured his image slowly overtaking that of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and the caption: "The best eclipse ever!"

Mr. Trump also has been prodding Capitol Hill lawmakers, and Mr. McConnell in particular, to get his stalled legislative agenda moving. He's facing a primary challenger whom Trump seems to favor.

Trump and McConnell did not provide comment to the Times for its article.

On Tuesday night at a raucous rally in Arizona, the president threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not provide funding for his signature campaign promise, a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

However, McConnell has privately fumed about Trump's attacks on Republicans like the three senators who voted against the Obamacare repeal bill, as well as Sens.

When Congress returns in September, McConnell said that the key objective was putting together a comprehensive tax reform plan.