Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said President Donald Trump has “excessive expectations” about getting bills passed. He blamed the president’s lack of experience for his frustration with the “democratic process.”
Speaking to a rotary group in northern Kentucky, McConnell blamed President Trump for the public’s displeasure with the Senate’s performance.
“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,” McConnell said.
According to NBC, McConnell also criticized the president’s social media habits.
McConnell told the audience he is not a fan of tweeting. “I’ve said that to him privately, and to him at events publicly. I think it would be helpful if the president was a little more on message.”
Upset about the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare, President Trump’s message was clear on July 24 when he blasted a tweet that basically called out the senate: “The question for every senator, Democrat or Republican, is whether they will side with Obamacare’s architects or with its forgotten victims. Any senator who votes about starting debate is telling America that you are fine w/ the Obamacare Nightmare.”
Then, in a July 29 series of tweets, President Trump again directly challenged the Senate and McConnell, saying they should change the rules to allow legislation to pass with only 51 votes. Part of his tweet read: “200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE! The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch [McConnell], go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!”
McConnell reacted by saying a change to the long standing rule was not a priority for the Republican conference. “The votes are simply not there,” McConnell said at the time.
At the rotary club meeting, McConnell assured the audience that the lines of communication between the executive and legislative branch remain strong.
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