WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of the Senateâ€™s top Republican on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldnâ€™t persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill.
â€śCan you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldnâ€™t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!â€ť Trump tweeted Thursday.
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 U.S. and North Korea. This time, Trump nudged McConnell to plunge into a range of issues, though Congress is on recess until after Labor Day.
â€śMitch, 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!â€ť Trump wrote.
The president bristled this week after McConnell told an audience in his home state of Kentucky that Trump had â€śnot been in this line of work beforeâ€ť and had â€śexcessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.â€ť Both before and after taking office, Trump spoke often about passing the health care overhaul quickly.
â€śObviously, thereâ€™s some frustration,â€ť White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Trumpâ€™s tweets. She said the two men spoke by phone Wednesday and that the conversation included talk of health care. Sanders said she didnâ€™t know how long they talked.
Asked to respond to Trumpâ€™s statement, McConnell spokesman David Popp said, â€śThe leader has spoken repeatedly about the path forward regarding Obamacare repeal and replace on the Senate floor, at media availabilities and in Kentucky.â€ť
The Senate rejected three attempts by McConnell last month to approve legislation annulling and rewriting much of President Barack Obamaâ€™s 2010 health care law. Nursing a 52-48 majority, McConnell needed support from 50 GOP senators to prevail because of unanimous Democratic opposition, but there were enough Republican â€śnoâ€ť votes on each tally to sink the effort.