Trump steps up attacks on McConnell for health-care failure

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President Donald Trump is again criticizing fellow Republicans over the failed attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. He said part of the reason the Senate is viewed as "underperforming" is because of "artificial deadlines" and "excessive expectations" the president imposes on Congress.

Earlier this week, McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, blamed the defeat partly on Trump's inexperience, saying the president has "excessive expectations" and doesn't fully understand how Congress works.

That sort of disconnect has led to Trump's expressing disappointment when bills - chief among them health care reform - fail to end up on his desk, even though, as with health care, the political reality indicated all along how hard it was going to be to pass legislation.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump had a call with McConnell on Wednesday to express his frustration.

The blame game between the president, a real estate magnate who had never previously held public office, and McConnell came as opinion polls this week showed public approval rating for Congress as well as for Trump dipping to new lows. "Growing animated, Mr. Trump emphasized that he would continue to push for a repeal, the person said, and suggested Mr. McConnell do the same".

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The president's attacks on a leader popular among Senate Republicans comes as lawmakers are poised to try to tackle other shared - but challenging - priorities in the fall, including tax reform, as well as craft a budget and raise the nation's debt ceiling. In that sense, one may argue that Trump's tweet is on-point.

The president tweeted Thursday morning that McConnell has "screamed" for seven years about the need to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act but "couldn't get it done".

"More excuses", wrote Scavino, one of Trump's more outspoken loyalists.

Also joining the fray was Fox News Host Sean Hannity, a close Trump ally. Tensions over North Korea's advancements to its nuclear program have been escalating, fueled in part by Trump's off-the-cuff remarks that North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

If Trump really wanted to reform health care you would think he'd work with the Republican leadership to find a better way forward instead of lambasting them about how they've fallen short.