Trump suggests McConnell should resign if he can’t deliver on agenda
President Trump escalated his public mockery of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday, telling the press that if the Kentucky senator can’t deliver on his agenda, he should probably resign from office and let someone else do the job.
From his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president expressed frustrations at entering office and finding a repeal and replace healthcare bill was not ready for him to sign on day one.
“I just want him to get repeal and replace done,” Trump said. “All I hear is repeal and replace, and then I get there and I said where’s the bill? First day, and they don’t have it.
“I said, Mitch, get to work and let’s get it done,” Trump continued. “They should have had that last one done. They lost by one vote. For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace, and frankly it shouldn’t have happened.”
Trump said if the majority leader couldn’t pass a repeal and replace, tax reform, and an infrastructure plan, “you can ask me the question” of whether or not he should step down.
“I’ll tell you what, if he doesn’t get repeal and replace done, and if he doesn’t get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn’t get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, if he doesn’t get them done then you can ask me that question.”
The comments came just hours after Trump had criticized McConnell on Twitter, pausing his 17-day vacation to tell the senator to “get back to work.” The president has been lashing out at the majority leader since an interview earlier this week during which McConnell suggested Trump had “excessive expectations” about the pace of Congress on the legislation.