Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Trump had “excessive expectations” about what really could be accomplished in any legislative process within this present political culture. McConnell attempted to address why American’s are critical of the performance of leaders on Capitol Hill. He had this to say about Trump:
“Now our new president, has of course, not been in this line of work before and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” the Kentucky Republican said in a speech Monday afternoon in front of a local rotary club in Florence, Kentucky. He continued, “So part of the reason I think people think we’re underperforming is because too many kind of artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the complexity of legislating may not been fully understood.”
McConnell is back in his home state for the Senate’s month long recess and won’t be back in D.C. until September. In the 200 days since Trump was inaugurated, Congress has failed to pass a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, tax reform, funding for a border wall or an infrastructure package. All these were on the Republican agenda.
It’s becoming more and more clear that when the GOP leaders return to Washington, they will not address health care but focus on tax reform. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) had this to say about their focus when they return, “We’re not going back to health care. We’re in tax now. As far as I’m concerned, they shot their wad on health care and that’s the way it is. I’m sick of it,” Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said last week.
President Trump counters the lack of progress in Congress with his critique of his personal efforts. He tweeted on Tuesday that he has accomplished a lot so far in his first term.
Do you agree with McConnell? Did President Trump set up the American people with “excessive expectations?”
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