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Trump steps up attacks on McConnell for failure on health-care reform

11 August 2017

"Part of the reason I think that the story line is that we haven't done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point", Mr. McConnell said. "For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace, and frankly it shouldn't have happened".

McConnell's efforts to push through a health care bill collapsed last month when he was unable to reconcile differences between conservative and moderate Senate Republicans. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" the president tweeted early Thursday morning.

McConnell also said the public should give lawmakers have more time to work out issues.

Along with Mr Trump, Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, hit back against Mr McConnell, tweeting: "More excuses".

President Donald Trump worked the phones Monday with congressional leaders during his stay at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, talking about health care and tax reform. It began with a little Twitter prodding yesterday in response to McConnell's criticism of Trump's expectations, and his penchant for setting arbitrary deadlines that have nothing to do with the legislation in question.

Hours later, Trump used Twitter to target McConnell again, even as much of Washington was more focused on the ratcheting up of nuclear tensions between the US and North Korea. He added that while he didn't necessarily think this would create more chaos for the political deliberations, it showed that Trump had been cut out of the deliberation.

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"You can see the president's tweets", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the Twitter messages for Sen.

Some Republicans have already come out in defense of McConnell.

"The Senate has a longer job guarantee than Trump", the analyst said in an email.

Dobbs said McConnell is "shamelessly" trying to blame Trump for his own failures. "And they also have the ability to remove Trump from office".

For example, as the House of Representatives was in the midst of negotiations about its Obamacare replacement bill in February, the President declared that Congress was in the "final stages" of its bill and said it would be ready for "submitting in March".

A massive tax reform package should have been done by now, based on Trump's initial timetable, and an infrastructure package should have been on the way.

Trump steps up attacks on McConnell for failure on health-care reform