Trump Feud With McConnell Escalates: "Can You Believe He Couldn't Get It Done?"

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Having tired of picking on Democrats for ruining his Obamacare repeal plans, Trump is increasingly focusing on his own party in general, and Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell in particular.

One day after a "work-vacationing" Trump slammed the Senator in a Wednesday tweet, in which he said "Senator Mitch McConnell said I had "excessive expectations," but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?" Trump ramped up his criticism of McConnell on Thursday morning when in an early tweet, Trump again questioned why McConnell has not been able to pass a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done," Trump tweeted. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!"

Earlier this week, McConnell vented his frustrations about the president's "excessive expectations" for his agenda when the Kentucky Republican criticized Trump's "artificial deadlines" during the healthcare debate.

“Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before. And I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell said.

Trump first pushed back against McConnell's characterizations yesterday, as noted above. He now appears to be taking the feud with both McConnell and the Senate to the next level, at precisely the wrong time: with the debt ceiling negotiation and potential government shutdown looming in under two months, Trump should be pushing for a consensus, instead he appears intent on alienating Republican allies in the Senate.

Which brings us to yesterday's prediction by Reagan-era CBO head, Rudy Penner, who in an interview with MNI warned that he expects a "very scary" fall 2017 due to fiscal issues, with market-disrupting battles ahead on both the debt ceiling and fiscal year 2018 spending. Here are the highlights again:

Penner said he believes it will be "very challenging" for Congress to pass legislation this fall to increase the statutory debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has asked Congress to lift the debt ceiling by the end of September. Penner countered that a "plausible path" for dealing with the debt ceiling is to pass legislation in September to suspend the debt ceiling until after the November 2018 mid-term elections.

 

However, such legislation, he said, may have to be negotiated by an unusual coalition assembled by House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. Said such an agreement, Penner said, "could put Speaker Ryan's job in peril" by conservative Republicans who oppose it. He said he believes the debt ceiling is "an incredibly stupid law that makes no logical sense."

 

"It terrifies the world and frightens markets every few years--but does nothing to actually control spending or cut budget deficits," he said.

 

Penner said he sees little Republican consensus on tax reform and expects any package that emerges to include "some quite modest tax cuts" and the closure of loopholes.

 

Finally, Penner touched upon the market, and said that like virtually everyone else, he remains "totally  puzzled" by the surging stock market, arguing that markets soar even as it becomes more evident that major fiscal stimulus will not be coming out of Washington this year.

 

"The markets don't seem to have absorbed the reality of Washington yet," he said. "I have an uneasy feeling this will all end badly--that there will be a very major market correction."

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south40_dreams's picture

McConnell is a fraud and a liar.
Term limits now!

Looney's picture

 

Why doesn’t Mitch McConnell cover his ugly turtle-face with a Burqa or a Condom?  ;-)

Looney

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Trump Feud With McConnell Escalates: "Can You Believe He Couldn't Get It Done?"

My response: The US SENATE and US CONGRESS should be put onto OBAMACARE permanently and have their other HEALTHCARE benefits REMOVED.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

it will NOT get done,
because obamaCare is a creation of the Rockefeller "University"

https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-286-rockefeller-medicine/

jbvtme's picture

i would not want mcconnell to baby sit my kids...

NoDebt's picture

Why we thought outlawing pistol duels as a way of settling disputes in 1859 was a good idea is beyond me.  

 

FrozenGoodz's picture

Almost time for one of his two daily 'good news about you' briefings

two hoots's picture

Repealing ObamaCare is one thing, replacing it with something that is not a vote killer or a budget killer is something else.  If there was a good system anywhere in the world to copy we would do it.   We have this idea that all should get equal healthcare, free or not.....not sure how that got in our belief system?

People used to select jobs or switch to jobs just for health care coverage.  Now those that did neither "think" they deserve equal care?  And apparently when you train them this way for their votes, it is true to them.

Let's just get rid of all insurance, keep job related medical plans and make all other healthcare pay as you go with only local clinics to care for general needs of those unable to afford it.  That would be closer to watching out for the general welfare than what we are chasing now.   People that studied, specialized, moved, sacrificed to improve their living conditions, selected jobs for healhcare should have better healthcare just as likely they have better homes, cars and everything else.   We are too sensitive.  Churches and other organizations can step up their "care" to earn their tax free status instead of building larger and larger kingdoms on earth.

Gotta do something.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

We have this idea that all should get equal healthcare, free or not.....not sure how that got in our belief system?

Woodrow Wilson socialism.  He started pushing for it in 1912 as a member of the "Committee on Social Insurance" (yes, there actually was such a thing), followed by bills introduced in Congress in 1915 and 1916.  It's been a wet dream of the left ever since.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

After listening to endless half-baked, half-educated, opinion all delivered at the level I'd expect from an 8th grader in a playground insult; we finally get a cogent bit of rhetoric from the Donald! Now if he would just use a question mark when he asks a question...

IMO, this is the first Presidential-sounding statement Trump has made since becoming POTUS. A valid observation of hypocrisy, followed by a well-formed jibe AND eloquent delivery. Bravo, Mr. Trump, Bravo! ENCORE!!!

CJgipper's picture

We already have free county health clinics. 

 

We need to ditch deductibles and copays and make it where you pay up to a deductible, then it's a PERCENTAGE covered up to an out of pocket max.  Prices would drop like a rock and healthcare would be affordable again.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Or have private doctors where you pay a flat fee for as many visits as you want per month - a membership model, including wholesale prices for prescriptions, lab work, supplies, etc.  Then all you have to do is pick up a major medical policy.  It works.

https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2013-fall/dr-josh-umbehr-on-concierge-medicine-revolution/

ejmoosa's picture

Who would not be in the Senate if we had term limits of three terms?

Patrick Leahy D-Vermont

Orrin Hatch R-Utah

Thad Cochran R-Mississippi

Chuck Grassley R-Iowa

Mitch McConnell R-Kentucky

Richard Shelby R-Alabama

John McCain R-Arizona

Diane Feinstein D-California

Patty Murray D-Washington

Jim Inhofe R-Oklahoma

Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Pat Roberts R-Kansas

Dick Durbin D-Illinois

Jack Reed D-Rhode Island

Susan Collins R-Maine

Mark Enzi R-Wyoming

 

I could live with that.

ejmoosa's picture

Who would not be in the Senate if we had term limits of three terms?

Patrick Leahy D-Vermont

Orrin Hatch R-Utah

Thad Cochran R-Mississippi

Chuck Grassley R-Iowa

Mitch McConnell R-Kentucky

Richard Shelby R-Alabama

John McCain R-Arizona

Diane Feinstein D-California

Patty Murray D-Washington

Jim Inhofe R-Oklahoma

Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Pat Roberts R-Kansas

Dick Durbin D-Illinois

Jack Reed D-Rhode Island

Susan Collins R-Maine

Mark Enzi R-Wyoming

 

I could live with that.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Term Limits?

Jeez, is the ZH Community getting soft?

Everyone on that last should have already been indicted, enprisoned & waiting Execution.

Da Fuck?

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Babs Boxer from California would also be out of office.  And Chuck-You Schumer from New York would be ineligible to run next year.

Chauncey Gardener's picture

Um, in case you missed the memo, Babs Boxer IS already out of office. Too bad her replacement makes her look like Sarah Palin.

 

Jack McGriff's picture

I can believe it wouldn't get done ... and only a FOOL would have believed otherwise.  Any "replace" will keep ALL the entitlements created by the Democrats.  It's been the playbook of the GOP since 1947.   Therefore, Obamacare is here to stay, with the consent of all the phonies in congress pretending to be conservative.  

dasein211's picture

I understand repeal and replace but have a fucking plan ready to go!!! It's just a goddamn party of no votes who doesn't ever do a damn thing. Conservatives are useless drivel who only want to say no.... to anything. HAVE A FUCKING PLAN AND PEOPLE MIGHT VOTE FOR IT!!!

FrozenGoodz's picture

But but but ... daddy Drumpf said it'd be easy, and we know whatever he says ... nvm

7 years later the GOP is a empty shell of ideologies ... unable to get anything done ... think it won't matter in 2018? ... think again

Lack of leadership, infighting, trying to deflect the disappointment this admin is enshrined in ... make NJ vacations great again

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

It was pretty easy.......it's just the Congress part that kinda hard.

 

It's OK.......we've got nailguns.

HockeyFool's picture

It won't matter in 2018, dems will still lose bigly.

They are the party of ... what? Oppossing Trump. Big deal.

What do they stand for besides abortion and open borders? Yep, that will play well in middle America.

There is no way dems pick up seats in congress.

Uncertain T's picture

Notice how the insiders promise that everything will get done AFTER the 2018 election?

 

The masks have come off, the charade is over.... All they worry about is the next election, where they will make promises and fail to deliver afterward because.... boo hoo ... it's too hard. 

 

I think Trump understands the 'legislative process' just fine ... it's bullshit. 

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

They are the party of ... what? Oppossing Trump. Big deal.

Also the party of hypocritical treehuggers (Al Gore, Leonardo Di Caprio, et al) and banksters/hedge-fund guys (Soros, Tom Steyer, James Simons, Bill Ackerman, David Shaw, etc.).  That's not to say that Republicans haven't taken bankster/hedgie money, because they have - but banksters/hedgies came out in force for Da Hildabeast in the last election.

lie_to_me's picture

I don't have one. I'm looking for recommendations for an automatic shotgun without too much recoil though. Easy for a woman to manage. Something reliable for SHTF.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

And for lunch you want a large box of donuts with a small diet Coke. ;)

Oldwood's picture

Republicans are not the party of NO, they are the party of resistance. They know how to do nothing but resist, not to eliminate or actually change. Everything the progressives ask for they seek to reduce by half. Trump understands this and is trying to do this to democrats....make them into the party of resistance that demands everything Trump demands to be cut by half. Trump is actually trying to change some tings rather than just soften or slow. For conservatives to be tied to the republican party is like trying to swim in gator infested waters with a 400 lb fat women on their back.

There was never any doubt in my conservative mind that Obamacare would never been eliminated. Republicans are scared to death to be accused of pushing grandma off the cliff, allowing people to die in the streets, being called racist or any of the other hate names they have been accustomed to. It's hard to blame them as we all understand why people can be cowards. Rather than face the issues head on they will pretend their apparent cowardice is simply strategic thinking....calculating schemes that never come to fruition. Somehow smart is the excuse for doing nothing......just like we can "negotiate with NK forever and somehow our "strategic thinking" will pay off for us....like it has for us everywhere else in the world.

It should be apparent that something HAS to change about the way we are operating. YES, it will be scary, which is why change is so difficult. YES, there will be risks, but we can only PRETEND that everything will turn out just fine if we do nothing. Compromise and this calculative masturbation is what has delivered we conservatives to this precarious point.

idahobandito's picture

the people don't get to vote on it...if that was the case, there wouldn't be any obamacare to begin with. The CONgress votes on it and exempts themselves as they line their pockets with "speaking fees" from the insurers they "bailout" and re imburse".

847328_3527's picture

Send all these Congressmen to the UK or Canada where they can enjoy the socialized medicne they are pusing onto hard working Americans.

Lets begin to McShame and Far Left Wing Bernie...ship them to canada!

I hear the wait list for brain cancer treatment in canada is not down to 8 months to begin treatment....

 

..but it's free!

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

McConnell has got to go!!!

 

Ryan has got to go!!!

 

Mcmaster has got to go!!!

detached.amusement's picture

All of the representatives of the corporation of the United States of America need to go, and people need to understand that those representatives represent the Corporation and not THEM.

shovelhead's picture

The bright side is that when you die waiting for treatment, you no longer have to pay for your "free waiting to get healthcare".

Dead = Free.

RealOlist's picture

Wrong. The health care system in the province I live in is just fine.

If I need to see a doctor, I can phone and make an appointment or I can walk into any of the hundreds of walk in clinics and see one within an hour. If I don't like the doctor, I can walk across the street and see another. I could do that all day long if I wanted too. And it would not cost me a cent.

Meanwhile, in the War States of America, the bought and paid-for politicians dutifully rig legislation in favor of the Medical Industrial Complex. Pay thousand per month and get a 5000 deductible.  Fuck that.

You people are being ripped off massivly.

idahobandito's picture

Wrong...it may not cost YOU a cent, but SOMEONE is paying for it.

CJgipper's picture

Nice qualifier:  "in MY province...."  Oh, so in a less densely populated province with good services coverage there are lower wait times.  Great!  What about all of the others you commie piece of shit?

you pay your way, I'll pay mine.  Leave me alone, because i'm not okay with paying your way too.

The Cooler King's picture

They need to settle this issue so that people can get the proper care!

 

Just look at these people that need medical attention!

 

FEMALE NFL COMMENTATOR reports that Dallas Cowboys player is dealing with a 'bulging dick' on TV

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXrHC2KqeKs

SAE6065's picture

Condom is the correct answer. He is a big DICKHEAD with a Turtle Face. A face only a mother could love.  Hahahahahaha

FrozenGoodz's picture

How many times did Trump go out to sell Trumpcare? 

 

0

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

None......I don't have Trumpcare......neither does anyone else.

NotBuyingIt's picture

...Aaaaand... what's your point...

FrozenGoodz's picture

His failure ... not McConnell's

detached.amusement's picture

go put your hands in a blender so we dont have to read such idiotic shit

if you dont want to do that, stop fkn typing until you understand a bit about how the government was prescribed to work and what the process is.

ejmoosa's picture

It's NOT Trump's party.

Trump crashed their party.

The Cooler King's picture

In a few years, GUMP is gonna be apologizing to Maxine Waters that he had a fight in the middle of her Black Panther Party.

NotBuyingIt's picture

You are either on drugs or severely mentally disturbed. Seriously! Maxine Waters!!! She's a basket case and a lunatic. She needs to be hauled off in a straighjacket. And, quite possibly, so do you.

BandGap's picture

His face is melting, right? Like the Nazi in Raiders of the lost ark. And that stupid, blank stare he has going lately....he looks drugged.

Doom Porn Star's picture

"Trump first pushed back against McConnell's characterizations yesterday, as noted above. He now appears to be taking the feud with both McConnell and the Senate to the next level, at precisely the wrong time: with the debt ceiling negotiation and potential government shutdown looming in under two months, Trump should be pushing for a consensus, instead he appears intent on alienating Republican allies in the Senate. "

 

Fuck consensus!  We don't want consensus with the parasites and swamp-scum.

 

Sledgehammer!!

Sledgehammer!!

You're here to be a Sledgehammer!!

Doom Porn Star's picture

Dear, Donald,

Howzabout you put your damned tweeter back in your drawers and start laying down some Executive Orders like a boss for a change?

Shut the fuck up and do the job.

We hired You: to be a Sledgehammer.

- The People