White House In Shambles After A ‘Profane Shouting Match’ From Trump Overheard


The president has not maintained good relationships with pretty much anyone outside of his inner circle, a circle including Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, and few others. He quite literally came into office promising to “drain the swamp” of corruption, and he was talking as much about the GOP establishment as he was about the Democratic establishment.

Most recently, Trump took it as a personal slight from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that an Affordable Care Act replacement measure failed earlier this summer, and the two men’s feud has escalated to the point that they allegedly had a “profane shouting match” over the telephone and have since stopped speaking with each other.

As mentioned, this whole mess begins with the failure of “TrumpCare” earlier this fall. The president fired off an angry series of tweets at McConnell after the failure of the GOP health plan. For example, on August 10, the belligerent president posted the following message on Twitter:

‘Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!’

McConnell responded to the president’s anger by saying that he had “unrealistic expectations” when it came to the ability of the upper house of Congress to actually get a bill passed.

At around the time that the president fired off his angry anti-McConnell tweets, he also placed a phone call to the Senator that “quickly devolved into a profane shouting match,” according to the description of the New York Times.

Perhaps most remarkably, the president didn’t confine his anger in that August 9 call to the health care issue. Rather, in similar fashion to how he is alleged to have brought up the issue to various intelligence chiefs, including ousted FBI Director James Comey, earlier this year, Trump allegedly attacked McConnell on that phone call for not doing enough, in the president’s estimation, to shield him from the Russia investigation.

Perhaps the president forgot that it’s McConnell who opposed an independent counsel for the Russia investigation from pretty much day one? What, does the president expect the Kentucky Senator to go and burn down Special Counsel Mueller’s office or something? The president is simply acting that ridiculous here, yet again.

McConnell has not only reacted repulsively to the president’s personal attacks; he is alleged to also have expressed disgust in private that the president seems unwilling to learn the basic procedures of governance — and boy, is McConnell right.

Part of the context for the Senator’s remarks is a longstanding assertion from the president that the Senate should largely, if not completely, do away with the 60 vote requirement for many proposals to pass.

McConnell has reportedly even expressed doubts that Trump will be able to maintain leadership of the Republican Party into next year’s midterm elections and beyond, according to “three people briefed on the conversations.”

This tension between the president and one of the key leaders of his party comes as Congress is faced with at least a couple of serious legislative hurdles to scale, including that of the pending GOP tax reform measure.

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