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Donald Trump scolds Mitch McConnell for health bill crash

11 Agosto 2017

The McConnell-led Senate failed last month to meet its seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, leaving Trump without any significant legislative accomplishments more than six months into his administration. "I think the president can't disassociate himself from this", Gingrich said in an interview on Fox News on Thursday morning. Republicans themselves are split on this question: 45 percent say GOP leaders should continue trying to repeal Obamacare on their own, 42 percent that they should work with Democrats to make changes.

"I just want [McConnell] to get repeal and replace done".

Donald Trump took a break from his busy golf and nuclear bluffing schedule to hold a brief Q&A session with reporters Thursday afternoon, and one of the handful of topics to come up was Trump's "relationship" with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, whom Trump has been relentlessly trolling for days.

"@SenateMajLdr has been the best leader we've had in my time in the Senate, through very tough challenges, '" tweeted Utah Sen. Trump also reportedly asked McConnell why he is allowing McCain to keep his chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee after voting against the Republican healthcare bill.

"Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before. You can do it!" the President wrote. "If he doesn't get repeal and replace done, if he doesn't get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get a very easy one to get done-infrastructure-if he doesn't get that done, then you should ask me that question".

About 17.5 million people buy plans on public exchanges and could see sizeable increases in premiums, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. McConnell is the man in control of his legislative legacy. The winning party is always supposed to be more unified than the losing party. Was he calling for McConnell to step down?

Jennifer Rubin writes a column from the conservative perspective for The Washington Post.

Twitter users jumped on the contradiction.

Even Newt Gingrich, a Trump backer and informal adviser who formerly served as speaker of the House, criticized the dispute.

Yet just to emphasize how Republicans don't have a monopoly on party divisions, don't miss this New York Times dispatch on Democrat-vs. However, after over six months in office, the former host of "The Apprentice" has been unable to rally enough Republicans by his side in writing off Obamacare.

Trump's criticism of McConnell has drawn mixed reactions - some are baffled and others say it's part of Trump's narrative to "drain the swamp" - partly because Senate Republicans are Trump's strongest allies on Capitol Hill.

The grumbles that Trump is a failed president are growing louder within Republican circles. When another Twitter user joked that Hatch's comments would include "pretty much every Senate Leader since the inception of the Union", the office responded, "Exactly".

In the meantime, Trump is still demanding that McConnell do something on health care.

But the important leaks to me, and the leaks that the attorney general's looking at very strongly, are the leaks coming out of intelligence.

JOHN YANG: He said he's given no thought at all to firing special counsel Robert Mueller. The approval rating of Republican leadership has fallen to a dismal 24 percent. At the mid-July meeting, it was Sen.

"I think there's part of the Republicans out here that don't want to see that and so will not be happy with that and will look at that as somewhat of a surrender or raising of the white flag", Clayton said. Trump tweeted earlier Thursday.

One GOP aide told CNN that Trump had even cost them on health care. "She's doing a very good job", he said. "Let's hope he gets it done".

Trump didn't help McConnell's efforts to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law.

Donald Trump scolds Mitch McConnell for health bill crash