In a revealing report from the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is revealed to be at complete loggerheads with President Trump, so much so that they haven’t spoken in weeks. The report, which cites numerous anonymous sources, says McConnell is unsure the president can ‘salvage’ his administration.
According to the report, McConnell and Trump had an argumentative phone call that turned to profane insults after a series of tweets the president posted berating the leader for the failure to pass the repeal of Obamacare.
Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
“Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done,” he tweeted. “Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”
McConnell has also been angered by the constant threat from the president of backing primary opponents to Republican members of Congress who don’t sufficiently support his agenda.
The cold war between the Senate leader and the president went public when Trump endorsed a primary opponent against Republican Senator Jeff Flake in Arizona from his twitter account.
“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate,” he tweeted. “He’s toxic!”
Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He's toxic!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
A SuperPAC aligned with McConnell responded with an attack ad against Kelli Ward, calling her “Chemtrail Kelli,” and signaling that they would push back against the president in primary elections.
The Times also reports that McConnell has privately “fumed” at the statement Trump made about the attack in Charlottesville, and even told business leaders who dropped their advisory positions that he understood their decisions.
“Trump is a political amateur, still unschooled in the ways of Washington,” the report read, “but he maintains a viselike grip on the affections of the Republican base. Mr. McConnell is a soft-spoken career politician, with virtuoso mastery of political fund-raising and tactics, but he had no mass following to speak of.”
Neither the president or McConnell would comment on the story, that if true, would spell serious consequences for potential legislation going forward, and a budget battle on the horizon.