President Donald Trump continued his Twitter campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday morning, complaining online that the Kentucky Republican “couldn’t get it done” on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.
It was the second time in as many days that Trump lashed out against the majority leader over the GOP’s failure last month to advance legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, a promise that Republican Congressional candidates across the country have run on for more than seven years and one that Trump made a major part of his own presidential campaign.
But Senate Republicans struggled to find consensus on what exactly their replacement for Obamacare should look like and upset some members by moving forward with the legislation outside of the traditional committee process. Ultimately, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) voted against a so-called “skinny repeal,” sinking GOP efforts at least for the time being.
In the wake of the failed vote, McConnell said “it is time to move on” from healthcare and onto other legislative priorities, a stance that has earned him criticism not just from the president but from some in his own party.
At an event in Kentucky earlier this week, McConnell said he found the notion that Congress had accomplished nothing thus far under Trump “extremely irritating” and said the president had “excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process” because he was new to politics. Wednesday, Trump shot back at McConnell.
“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so,” the president wrote on Twitter. “After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”