On Wednesday though, in the wake of Trump's own escalating feud with McConnell, Brooks tried to seize an opening, urging the president to reconsider his endorsement since Brooks wants to oust McConnell from GOP leadership.
Senate Republicans failed last month to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the healthcare law officially called the Affordable Care Act, for now killing the efforts to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.
The president appeared baffled that McConnell and the Senate Republicans failed to pass a repeal and replace bill for Obamacare, despite years of promising voters to do so. Trump tweeted on Thursday. "You can do it!"
"The leader has spoken repeatedly about the path forward regarding Obamacare repeal on the Senate floor, at media availabilities multiple times and in Kentucky", said spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier in an email. The administration has also been mired in investigations into contacts between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and distracted by infighting among high-level White House staff.
Changes to the health care system are looking less and less likely this year. As recently as Tuesday evening, Mr. Trump was deploying his Twitter account for a cause Mr. McConnell cherishes, endorsing Senator Luther Strange, Republican of Alabama, a week before his Republican primary in a special election.
He added that 52 is "a challenging number", a reference to the GOP's scant 52-48 Senate majority.
Heye said that with Trump's job approval numbers declining among the Republican base, "now is the time to build support within the party".
McConnell probably should've seen this coming given Trump has habitually exhibited an inability to take criticism, as Laurel Raymond of Think Progress pointed out, but he also had a point: Trump has arguably placed unrealistic standards on Republicans in Congress. But in the absence of that, we're going to be moving on. "This is where we should all be working together, and that clearly is not happening". "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.
Suffice it to say, the panel on Deadline: White House did not think this was a politically wise maneuver.
President Trump claimed, on multiple occasions throughout the health care debate, that the White House would deliver an Obamacare replacement proposal that could ostensibly serve as a legislative template for Congress. "Obviously there's some frustration". "Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW". The party holds a slim majority in the 100-seat chamber.
For one, Republicans have never really reached a consensus about upending health care.