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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Very Unwisely, A Trump Aide Takes on Mitch McConnell

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump and congressional leaders.

From Politico Playbook:
THIS IS STUNNING. Mitch McConnell is the lynchpin to whatever Donald Trump wants to get done on Capitol Hill. Sure, health care did not go as the White House wanted it to. They might get there in the future, they might not. But McConnell is not going anywhere for a very long time, he commands respect from all Republican senators and controls the Senate floor. Remember, his Senate Republican Conference notched Trump’s biggest legislative victory so far: the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. What McConnell said was not terribly controversial, and there are many Republicans in and around Trump that admit his view of what he could get done was probably a bit too rosy. Remember, Trump said health care would be easy, and the law could be repealed immediately. McConnell never said that. Capitol Hill is hardly ever in unison but dumping on McConnell is seen as confused a strategy as the administration could employ.

THE WHITE HOUSE did not respond to a request about whether Scavino’s statement was representative of the administration’s position on the top-ranking Senate Republican.