GOP Senators Throw Assist Behind Mitch McConnell As Feud With Trump Escalates

Senate Republicans are exhibiting their assist for Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) amid a downpour of criticism from President Donald Trump.

GOP Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) had been amongst these to tweet their assist for McConnell.

Antonia Ferrier, who as employees director of the Senate Republican Communications Middle types a part of McConnell’s press operation, retweeted lots of the lawmakers’ posts on Friday. (Ferrier has not responded to HuffPost’s request for remark.)

However Matt Whitlock, communications director for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), denied there was any form of organized effort to get behind the Senate majority chief.

Trump has leveled a number of assaults towards McConnell since Senate Republicans didn’t go a invoice to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act. Even after he left for trip final week, the president tweeted about McConnell a number of occasions, telling him to “get again to work.”

Whereas chatting with reporters on Thursday, Trump urged he would possibly ask McConnell to step down from his place in Senate management if the senator fails to ship quickly on well being care, tax reform or infrastructure laws.

On Wednesday, McConnell instructed reporters that Trump has “extreme expectations” for lawmakers, possible due to his lack of political expertise.

“Our new president, in fact, has not been on this line of labor earlier than. And I believe he had extreme expectations about how rapidly issues occur within the democratic course of,” McConnell mentioned whereas talking at an occasion in Kentucky. “So a part of the rationale I believe individuals really feel we’re underperforming is as a result of too many synthetic deadlines — unrelated to the truth of the complexity of legislating — might not have been totally understood.”

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