Trump/McConnell Friction

Questioning Trump’s Fitness to Serve
August 23, 2017

Trump/McConnell Friction

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Trump delegated warmaking authority to generals. Goldman Sachs runs economic policy. Billionaires and millionaires handle other administration affairs.

Trump is increasingly under assault, criticized by undemocratic Democrats, media scoundrels relentlessly bashing him, members of his own party more hostile than allied, along with current and former intelligence community members against him.

Joint chiefs of staff unfairly blamed him for fanning the flames of racial hatred and extremism for his Charlottesville comments.

European leaders are upset, and jumping ship CEOs forced him to disband his business advisory councils.

His public approval rating is the lowest ever for a US president this early in his tenure since political polling began in the 1930s.

He’s increasingly isolated, friction between him and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell exacerbating things further.

Reportedly they haven’t spoken in weeks, McConnell doubtful he can “salvage his presidency.”

Instead of a working partnership, they’re feuding with each other. Trump blames McConnell for failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, tweeting: “After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”

A follow-up tweet added “(c)an you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”

He responded to McConnell saying “(o)ur new president…has not been in this line of work before.” He had “excessive expectations” for what the Senate could accomplish quickly.

Unlike the House, it’s a deliberative body with fewer members serving longer terms.

Republicans with a 52 – 48 advantage wasn’t enough to replace Obamacare with a GOP plan. Seven months into his tenure, he failed to achieve a major legislative triumph, despite his party controlling both houses.

He’s hampered by phony accusations of Russian election hacking helping him defeat Hillary, along with continuing investigations into possible improper or illegal Trump team ties to Russia.

Infighting in his administration along with friction with McConnell left him increasingly isolated, his presidency on the ropes with calls for impeaching and removing him from office – a dismal state of affairs for the nation, lots of uncertainty for what’s ahead.

Can the two top elected GOP officials resolve their differences and move on? McConnell’s spokesman said they have “shared goals” including “tax reform, infrastructure, funding the government, not defaulting on the debt, and passing the defense authorization bill.”

Washington political wars and infighting go with the territory. Harry Truman once said “(i)f you want a friend in (the city), get a dog.”

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.