The squabble between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the chamber’s failure to repeal Obamacare and Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino’s tweet that the Senate GOP leader “must have needed another 4 years” to repeal and replace Obamacare “in addition to the 7 years” since it became law, exposes a political ambiguity within the GOP which is already ravaged by tensions over its lack of meaningful accomplishments this year and can only further aggravate the fragile relation between the President and the Republican Senators, Politico reports.
Trump’s jabs at McConnell on Wednesday following the Kentucky Senator’s earlier defamatory statement emphasizing the President’s inexperience and ignorance of how the Senate works and thus called Trump’s expectation of the Obamacare repeal as being excessive.
But in the eyes of the President who replied McConnell in a tweet yesterday saying, “Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”, the Senator’s excuse at its best is not tenable for a GOP Senate caucus who had projected days after Trump’s inauguration for an assured repeal of the health care law and passage of a tax bill, but had achieved none of the aforementioned.
The Senate leader on Monday at the Rotary Club in Florence, Kentucky, disapproved Trump’s ignorance of legislative processes.
However, McConnell is an essential and indispensable ally for Trump as the president stems an ambitious tax plan and pushes to fund his long-promised border wall while averting a government shutdown next month.
This was evident in the President’s endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange, the majority leader’s preferred candidate in this month’s GOP primary race to succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Conversely, not all the Senators present in McConnell’s speech shared his view. Senator Lindsey Graham, a perpetual Trump critic who this time leaned to the President’s defense called it “ridiculous” for McConnell to blame Trump’s impatience and inexperience for the public sense that Congress hasn’t done much.
Graham said in a radio interview, “It’s like being hit by a slow-moving bus in Kansas. You can see the bus coming. The bottom line is we didn’t fail because we didn’t have enough time. We failed because we were not ready to solve the problem, and we didn’t have the right idea.”