The feud between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reached a tipping point and shows no signs of ending soon. According to a report from the New York Times, the two politicians are now caught in “mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility.”
The Two Leaders Haven’t Spoken in Weeks
The Times cited over a dozen anonymous sources familiar with the working relationship between the two. Sources also said that McConnel voiced concerns about Trump’s ability to turn things around for his administration and hasn’t spoken to the POTUS in weeks.
Before the two leaders decided to opt for the silent treatment, McConnell reportedly had a “profane shouting match” with Trump during a phone call earlier this month. Trump accused him of failing to repeal Obamacare and grudged him for not protecting him properly against allegations that his campaign helped the Russians interfere with the U.S. elections.
Sources also said that McConnell seems convinced that Trump has no interest in learning how to run the country and questioned Trump’s fitness as a party leader now that the mid-terms are nearing.
Earlier this month, McConnell seemed quite conciliatory in the face of Trump’s criticism. Trump said the Senate leader’s inability to pass Trumpcare was a “disgrace.” He even suggested that he should be replaced.
Replacing McConnell Not Doable
Yet, replacing McConnell is not that easy since he has a strong support from his colleagues and conference. But other Senate Republicans are not that strong and they could lose their seats easily during the 2018 midterm elections.
For instance, Sens Dean Heller and Jeff Flake have recently upset the President, and the consequences could be visible next year. And if these senators lose their seats, McConnell’s majority will have to suffer, which could turn his personal Cold War with the President into a nuclear winter.
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