Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump have finally butted serious heads according to an article released Tuesday night from the New York Times. This butting of heads eventually led to an all-out screaming match on August 9th. The two men have not spoken since.
The report reveals that Trump reamed McConnell for unsuccessful attempts to repeal Obamacare, and for failing to “protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
According to The Times:
“What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.”
The president is now threatening his own party during a very important time, as they are expected to meet a deadline next month to approve a raise to the statutory limit on the amount of borrowing the country can do. If Trump refuses to lend assistance by way of sabotaging the Republican Party out of spite, it could be “disastrous” for the entire party.
Trump and McConnell have been doing a bit of bickering at each other on the social media platform Twitter, and now, the real reasons have been revealed. The two men are literally refusing to take calls from one another.
NYT says that Trump “berated him [McConnell] in a phone call that quickly devolved into a profane shouting match.”
Within that call from his golf course in New Jersey, Trump apparently “accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.”
McConnell has spoken out strongly against the president, something Trump is not used to. According to NY Times, McConnell:
“..fumed over Mr. Trump’s regular threats against fellow Republicans and criticism of Senate rules, and questioned Mr. Trump’s understanding of the presidency in a public speech. Mr. McConnell has made sharper comments in private, describing Mr. Trump as entirely unwilling to learn the basics of governing.”
Lindsey Graham insists that Trump lacks the understanding of how government works, saying: “When it comes to the Senate, there’s an Article 5 understanding: An attack against one is an attack against all.”
Trump is a loner, however. He’s not a team player, and he has no true friends. He has associates and employees who take his orders without argument because he’s Donald Trump. Having to stand up to questioning in his role as POTUS has left Trump engulfed in rage as he mean-tweets almost daily.
Trump has alienated himself from his own party, leaving him exactly where he wants to be. On his own.