Following a stalled agenda for President Donald Trump and his GOP-controlled Congress, the White House is pushing the blame on Capitol Hill.
“More excuses,” White House social media director Dan Scavino wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning, responding to comments made in Kentucky earlier this week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “@SenateMajLdr must have needed another 4 years – in addition to the 7 years – to repeal and replace Obamacare…”
McConnell, whose Senate failed to pass a “skinny” repeal of the Affordable Care Act, sunk a seven-year effort by Republicans which drove their campaigns and messaging strategy.
McConnell, speaking in Florence, Ky. on Monday, said the Trump White House has set unrealistic timelines and expectations for getting legislation to the president’s desk.
“Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because, in part the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point,” McConnell said.
Trump, a former real estate mogul, did not have a realistic idea of how governing actually works in Washington, McConnell said.
“Our new president has of course not been in this line of work before, and I think that excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell said.
Congress returns to town in September, and will move toward tax reform, another legislative item that will be tricky to pass before the end of the year.