President Trump is an outspoken individual whose no nonsense approach to politics won him many fans among the average American voters during the 2016 election. However, this attitude doesn’t seem to have won him many fans in Congress.
Especially not with Mitch McConnell, the majority leader in the Senate.
The rumor going around now is that the two aren’t getting along all that well these days. In fact, they apparently haven’t spoken in weeks.
The NY Times is reporting, The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.
What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.
During the call, which Mr. Trump initiated on Aug. 9 from his New Jersey golf club, the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.
Mr. McConnell has fumed over Mr. Trump’s regular threats against fellow Republicans and criticism of Senate rules, and questioned Mr. Trump’s understanding of the presidency in a public speech. Mr. McConnell has made sharper comments in private, describing Mr. Trump as entirely unwilling to learn the basics of governing.
McConnell has let it be known that he’s uncertain about the direction of Trump’s leadership and isn’t sure whether or not he will be able to head up the GOP during next year’s midterm elections, a critical time for Republicans that will determine whether or not they will be able to further implement their agenda of undoing the damage of the previous administration.
The Kentucky senator also expressed displeasure with the way the president handled the Charlottesville protests, specifically when he equated the violence from white supremacists with that of counter-protestors.
However, they’re apparently trying to patch things up – at least publicly. Business Insider reports on a statement McConnell issued saying “We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we are committed to advancing our shared agenda together, and anyone who suggests otherwise is clearly not part of the conversation.”
Within hours, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the pair remained “united on many shared priorities,” including tax reform, the military, and constructing a wall along the southern border.
“They will hold previously scheduled meetings following the August recess to discuss these critical items with members of the congressional leadership and the president’s Cabinet,” Sanders said.
Whatever the reality, President Trump’s frustration mirrors what many voters are feeling. We gave the GOP the House, the Senate AND the White House and they STILL can’t make headway on anything they’ve been promising for the last eight years.
The president and McConnell need to get on the same page, put aside their personal differences and work together. Otherwise, we’re simply handing the Democrats 2018 on a silver platter.