Angry McConnell Warns Trump to Lay Off Congressional Republicans, Declares No Govt. Shutdown
Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has had enough of President Donald Trump’s criticism of Congressional Republicans and he is letting the president know.
The Senate leader told friends after a speech in Kentucky Monday evening that President Trump’s barrage of criticisms is starting to wear thin and it needs to stop.
Later his office was said to have sent a note to the White House warning that unless the president ceases his incessant criticism of Congressional Republicans, he risks not being able to pass any legislation through the U.S. Senate.
Trump and Mitch McConnell have not spoken to each other for weeks following a reported profanity-laden telephone call on August 9.
The New York Times reported that during the call which was initiated by the president, “the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue.”
The president was also said to be miffed that McConnell failed to stop congressional investigations into his campaign’s relationship with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential elections and his firing of former FBI director James Comey.
“He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation,” the New York Times reported.
In public, Congressional Republicans have been willing in recent weeks to criticize the president for his lack of basic understanding of how the federal government works.
Tennessee Senator Bob Coker said last week that Trump has not demonstrated the stability or the competence needed to achieve success.
“The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful,” Corker said, according to a video posted by local news website Nooga.com.
“He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today, and he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that,” Corker added.
Trump has also lobbed harsh criticisms against Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“When it comes to the Senate, there’s an Article 5 understanding: An attack against one is an attack against all,” Senator Lindsey Graham told the media in response to Trump’s criticisms.
In remarks to friends Mitch McConnell expressed frustration with President Trump and wondered where his presidency may be headed.
He also expressed doubt that trump is the right man to lead GOP into congressional election next year and the 2020 presidential election.
Earlier today McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan said there was no chance of government shutdown in defiance of Trump’s assertion that he is willing to risk shutting down the government if he does not get funding for his border wall.
“I don’t think a government shutdown is necessary, and I don’t think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included. I don’t think it’s in anyone’s interested in having a shutdown. I don’t think it’s in our interest to do so,” Ryan told reporters today.
Associates of Sen. McConnell confirmed earlier that the senator is getting increasingly frustrated with Trump’s inability to lead the party effectively.
Former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg said congressional frustration with president Trump is beginning to boil over.
He blamed Trump for actions undermining congressional leaders and called on Congress to move on without Trump as they attempt to move legislation through both chambers.
“Failure to do things like keeping the government open and passing a tax bill is the functional equivalent of playing Russian roulette with all the chambers loaded,” Mr. Gregg said.
Al Hoffman, a former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) said Trump is on the brink of self-imploding.
“I think he’s going to blow up, self-implode,” Mr. Hoffman said of Mr. Trump. “I wouldn’t be surprised if McConnell pulls back his support of Trump and tries to go it alone.”
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