Tensions between President Donald Trump and Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell have escalated dramatically recently, to
the point that the two haven’t spoken with each other in weeks,
according to a New York Times
report on Tuesday.
The once-private feud between the two Republicans has spilled out
into the open in the wake of several controversial moves by Trump
this summer that may threaten the GOP agenda when Congress heads
back to Washington in September.
The Times cites Trump’s public criticism of McConnell this month
after Republicans’ last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable
Care Act failed in July as a critical moment in the deterioration
of their relationship. In a series of tweets, Trump pinned the
blame on McConnell.
“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
on August 10.
Later, Trump reportedly berated the majority leader in a profane
phone call, venting about McConnell’s refusal to protect Trump
from investigations into his campaign’s possible collusion with
Russia during the 2016 election. Sources told
CNN’s Manu Raju that Trump also vented about a bill
that limited his ability to ease sanctions against
Russia on his own.
McConnell has seethed to aides and coworkers about Trump’s
attacks on fellow Senate Republicans, such as Dean Heller of
Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, The Times…
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