Trump won't rule out asking Mitch McConnell to resign if he doesn't deliver on the GOP agenda




 

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President Donald Trump continued his multi-day assault on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a Thursday tweet, saying he should "get back to work" on GOP agenda items.

"Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!" Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

Congress is on recess for the month of August. Trump is spending 17 days away from the White House - this week, at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey - for what the White House calls a "working vacation."

During a press availability, Trump was asked by reporters whether he thinks McConnell should step down as majority leader based on his tweets. Trump responded that if McConnell doesn't get Obamacare repeal, tax cuts, and infrastructure done, "then you can ask me that question."

"Well, I'll tell you what," Trump said. "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."

Trump took issue with what he saw as a lack of preparedness on the part of congressional Republicans to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"I just want him to get repeal and replace done," Trump said of McConnell. "I've been hearing repeal and replace for seven years... all I hear is repeal and replace. And then I get there and I say 'where is the bill' because I want to sign it first day and they don't have it."

Trump also said he was not happy in how the healthcare debate played out in the Senate, where it was defeated by one vote in July.

"So I said Mitch, get to work and let's get it done," Trump said. "They should have had this last thing done. They lost by one vote, for a thing like that to happen is a disgrace and frankly it shouldn't have happened."

The tweet comes as another shot in a war of words between the two Republican leaders that began after Trump attacked the Senate for failing to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in July.

McConnell suggested Tuesday that Trump was frustrated with the healthcare failure because he had "excessive expectations" due to his lack of experience in politics.

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

That prompted a rebuke from Trump and White House social media director Dan Scavino.

"Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" Trump tweeted earlier Thursday.

The New York Times reported that McConnell and Trump held a call on Wednesday before his tweet in which the president became "animated."

Analysts suggest the fight could be damaging to the GOP agenda push.

Here are the tweets:

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