Donald Trump continues Twitter attack on Mitch McConnell

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The rift between President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is poised to have lasting consequences on the GOP legislative agenda and Republicans’ re-election prospects. | AP file photo

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell amid reports about growing tension between the two.

On Twitter Thursday, Trump said: “The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!”

Trump adds: “That should NEVER have happened!”

Republican efforts to overhaul President Barack Obama’s health care law have repeatedly failed to advance in the Senate, a source of frustration for Trump.

Trump’s comments came as growing divisions between the two leaders threaten his agenda.


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McConnell says he is concerned with some of Trump’s talk on trade, saying congressional leaders have a “selling job” to convince people that “trade is a winner for America.”

It was the latest evidence of growing tensions between the president and the Senate Republican leader. McConnell’s comments came during a speech to a breakfast sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau in his home state.

McConnell said the assumption that every free trade agreement is a losing proposition for America is “largely untrue.” He said that accounting for all the nation’s free trade agreements, the U.S. sells far more than it buys.

McConnell also praised the Trump administration for repealing some Obama-era regulations and nominating Neal Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump is attacking Republican Congressional leaders over debt ceiling negotiations.

On Twitter on Thursday, Trump says he asked McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to attach legislation to increase the country’s borrowing limit to a bill related to veterans. Trump said they didn’t do it and “now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up.”

The government has enough money to pay its bills until Sept. 29. After that, Congress would have to give permission for the government to borrow more money to meet its obligations.

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