Which side are you on, Mitch? Don’t answer that. We, the people, already know you don’t stand with President Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took yet another veiled shot at President Trump. This time, McConnell took issue with the term “fake news,” used frequently by the President and his ardently supportive base.
Trump has consistently hammered media organizations for their critical coverage of both his candidacy and his presidency, accusing them of putting out “fake news” — an accusation that has become a rallying cry for his supporters. His latest salvo came Monday morning when he retweeted a message about “fake news” attacks against him, writing, “Thank you, the very dishonest Fake News Media is out of control!”
But when asked on Monday about where he gets his news, McConnell — who has been the target of Trump’s ire in recent weeks — said he has no trouble finding reliable sources.
“What I do every morning — there a couple of services I look at that gives me a synopsis of articles,” McConnell said. “It is my view that most news is not fake. But I do try to look at a variety of sources.”
Recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a group of voters at a Kentucky Rotary Club gathering that President Trump’s “excessive expectations” are harming Congress’ ability to salvage its awful reputation and get things done. McConnell vented about the President’s political inexperience, complaining Trump’s focus on short timelines don’t reflect what Congress can actually accomplish.
ABC News reports:
Speaking at a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vented about how President Donald Trump’s lack of political experience has led to him setting “excessive expectations” for legislative priorities.
McConnell, R-Ky., told the group in Florence that he found it “extremely irritating” that Congress has earned the reputation of not accomplishing anything.
“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,” said McConnell, a Republican and the state’s senior senator.
Trump, a political newcomer, as McConnell noted, has a habit of declaring progress on major priorities that do not necessarily reflect the reality of lawmaking.
For example, as the House was in the midst of negotiations about its Obamacare replacement bill in February, Trump announced that Congress was in the “final stages” of its bill and said it would be ready for “submitting” in March. While the House bill was unveiled in March, that chamber didn’t vote on it until May, and health care votes continued until the end of July.
That sort of disconnect has led to Trump’s expressing disappointment when bills — chief among them health care reform — fail to end up on his desk, even though, as with health care, the political reality indicated all along how difficult it was going to be to pass legislation.
“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before. And I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell told the group. “So part of the reason I think people feel we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines — unrelated to the reality of the complexity of legislating — may not have been fully understood.”
Things are much worse McConnell undercutting the President – he flat out rejects his agneda as the best set of policies to adance the United States, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
Gohmert went on with Varney and Co. to discuss the Trump agenda following Steve Bannon’s absence in the White House.
Gohmert told the FBN audience that Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are “slow-walking” President Trump’s agenda that they don’t like.
Rep. Gohmert: If you look back before the election Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell were totally opposed to the things that got Donald Trump elected. And I told the president back in June, you are being slow-walked. We are being slow-walked. This is exactly what happened in 2005. Dennis Hastert and Bill Frisk, you know they were kind of OK with reforming Social Security but they really didn’t want the heavy lift. They slow-walked everything… I’m telling you that is exactly the way some of our leadership is thinking again. We’re going to eke by.
Via Varney and Co.:
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