With the shadow of North Korea looming in the background, President Donald Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) over a statement the Kentucky senator made Tuesday about the Republicans' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The House of Representatives passed its version of Obamacare repeal and replace earlier this year. Then, late last month, the Senate voted on a "skinny" repeal bill, which would have repealed many of the most unpopular parts of Obamacare, such as the individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax.
Three Republicans, along with 48 Democrats, voted against the bill, effectively putting Republicans' attempt to gut the 2010 health care law on life support. At the time, Trump vehemently criticized Republicans' inability to pass any kind of health care bill.
McConnell, who Trump largely relied upon to twist enough arms to pass the skinny repeal, said Tuesday that the president's hopes were too high.
“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 a Kentucky Rotary Club, according to CNN.
From his New Jersey golf club, the president took to Twitter Wednesday, to rebut McConnell's claim.
"Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations,' but I don't think so," Trump tweeted. "After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?"
Senator Mitch McConnell said I had "excessive expectations," but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017