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Trump Slams McConnell on Twitter for the Second Straight Day

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  • President rips Senate leader, saying he ‘couldn’t get it done’
  • McConnell had critiqued Trump’s desire for quick action

President Donald Trump slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter for the second day in a row Thursday over the failure of Congress to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, escalating a war of words with the key Republican.

“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!”

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Trump attacked McConnell on Wednesday for saying the president had “excessive expectations” that the Senate could pass a stripped-down version of a GOP Obamacare repeal last month. McConnell said Monday in his home state of Kentucky that one reason some people believe Congress hasn’t done much yet “is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about — things need to be done by a certain point.”

“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before, and I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” said McConnell.

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The back-and-forth highlights the starkly different governing styles of Trump and the Senate Republican leader. The president’s freewheeling and off-the-cuff actions contrast with McConnell’s rigorously disciplined method of leading the Senate. Though McConnell has largely refrained from criticizing Trump, he has on occasion critiqued the president’s use of Twitter as unhelpful to GOP lawmakers’ efforts to stay on message in pursuing their priorities.

McConnell’s remark also prompted a rebuke Wednesday from Dan Scavino, the White House social media director. “More excuses,” Scavino wrote on Twitter. “@SenateMajLdr must have needed another 4 years – in addition to the 7 years– to repeal and replace Obamacare…..”

McConnell spokesman David Popp said in an email that the majority leader has already spoken about the path forward on Obamacare repeal and had no further comment.

The clash follows weeks of mismatched strategy and building tension between Trump and McConnell before the collapse late last month of the GOP’s drive to replace Obamacare.

Shortly before a week-long July 4 recess, Trump tweeted that Republicans should simply repeal the Affordable Care Act rather than replace it — just as McConnell was seeking to reel in wayward conservatives to a broad rewrite of the health law. Later, as McConnell’s GOP-only rewrite was losing support, Trump invited Republican senators to the White House and urged them to continue. Finally, McConnell brought a bare-bones repeal to the Senate floor and it failed by one vote.

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