WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trumpâ€™s escalating feud with his top Senate partner undercuts the presidentâ€™s stalled agenda on tax overhaul and budget while prompting swift pushback from Republican senators who have lined up squarely behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump launched a barrage of criticism at McConnell over the collapse of the seven-year GOP campaign to repeal and replace Barack Obamaâ€™s Affordable Care Act and even suggested on Thursday that the Kentucky Republican might have to rethink his future as leader if he doesnâ€™t deliver on the president legislative lineup.
â€śWell, I tell you what, if he doesnâ€™t get repeal-and-replace done and if he doesnâ€™t get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesnâ€™t get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, if he doesnâ€™t get them done, then you can ask me that question,â€ť the president told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is in the midst of a 17-day break from Washington.
Trump on Thursday called McConnellâ€™s failure to pass an â€śObamacareâ€ť repeal last month â€śa disgrace.â€ť On Friday, Trump retweeted headlines from â€śFox & Friendsâ€ť about his verbal assault on McConnell and possible fallout for GOP senators who criticize the president.
Mmbers of the Republican caucus praised McConnell.
â€śPassing POTUSâ€™s legislative agenda requires a team effort. No one is more qualified than Mitch McConnell to lead Senate in that effort,â€ť tweeted Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
â€śFrom health care to tax reform to infrastructure, tough issues to tackle this fall and none better than @SenateMajLdr to get a good outcome,â€ť tweeted Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.