President Trump suggested Friday night that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should consider stripping senators of committee chairmanships if they don’t act to repeal Obamacare.
“We should have had healthcare approved,” Trump told reporters in Bedminster, N.J. “[McConnell] should have known that. He had a couple of votes that turned on him and that should have been very easy to handle. Whether it’s through the fact you take away a committee chairmanship, do whatever you have to do.”
The comments conclude a week of verbal attacks by Trump against McConnell, R-Ky.
Trump’s criticism started after McConnell told attendees of a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky on Monday that because Trump didn’t have experience working with Congress, he had “excessive expectations” for the legislative process.
The president then criticized McConnell several times on Twitter, telling him to “get back to work.” On Thursday, the president hinted that he may push for McConnell to resign if he can’t advance Trump’s legislative agenda.
Despite Trump’s comments, calls to replace McConnell have been met with Republican resistance. Several GOP senators have defended McConnell and called for unity among the Republican Party.
Trump on Friday night reasserted his disappointment with McConnell about the healthcare failure.
“What happened, in my opinion, last week is unacceptable,” Trump said. “Seven years, they’ve been talking repeal and replace, and it didn’t happen. Not only it didn’t happen, it was a surprise. It was a horrible surprise, and it was very unfair to the Republican party and very unfair to the people of this country. So, I was not impressed.”