The dueling narratives about why the Obamacare repeal died (at least for now) despite harsh political rhetoric about the law over the past seven years highlight the fractures in the Republican Party.
Earlier Thursday, the president tweeted for McConnell to "get back to work" and address healthcare, along with tax reform and infrastructure. In that sense, one may argue that Trump's tweet is on-point.
"Let's start with 'Ditch Mitch.' And [House Speaker Paul] Ryan, don't get the idea that means you are off the hook either. You can do it!" Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill.
HHS Secretary Tom Price has signaled that the Trump administration is on board with a bipartisan solution following Congress' failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, although the president himself was more focused on needling prominent Republicans on Twitter about the failed vote. The House passed its version of a health care bill in May.
The back-and-forth between the president and the Senate Republican leader highlights the starkly different governing styles of the two men.
Our president has been on something of a warpath lately, as he is looking for anyone but himself to blame for the health care debacle.
Republican strategist Doug Heye said Obama was personally involved in efforts to pass ACA for more than a year, making speeches and holding meetings. Then, he implied that McConnell should step aside from his position as Senate Majority Leader.
Some members of the GOP have since pushed for Republicans to keep up the healthcare push, while others have argued lawmakers should move onto other agenda items.
During a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky on Tuesday, Mr McConnell expressed his frustration with what he sees as Mr Trump's tendency to make statements that do not match the realities of the legislative process.
"Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before", said McConnell according to CNN affiliate WCPO which covered the event.
McConnell spokesman David Popp said in an email that the majority leader has already spoken about the path forward on Obamacare repeal and had no further comment.
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