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    Trump jabs Senate majority leader, again, calls defeat of healthcare bill a 'disgrace'

    President Trump was at it again Thursday, lashing out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over the Republican Congress' failure to pass a new healthcare bill.

    The escalating attacks, now in a second day, underscore the rocky relationship between the White House and what typically would be the president's allies from his party in Congress.

    “I just want him to get repeal and replace done. I've been hearing 'repeal and replace' now for seven years,” Trump told reporters.

    “They lost by one vote. For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace. And, frankly, it shouldn't have happened. That, I can tell you — it shouldn't have happened.”

    Trump stopped short of calling for McConnell to step aside, but he made it clear he expects Congress to deliver on his priorities — healthcare, tax reform and an infrastructure bill that is nowhere near even being written yet.

    “Well, I'll tell you what, if he doesn't get repeal and replace done and if he doesn't get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure — if he doesn't get them done, then you can ask me that question,” Trump said when asked if McConnell should step down.

    Trump picking a fight with the Senate GOP leader — after his on-again-off-again relationship with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) -- shows how difficult it will be for Republicans to reach the goals on their agenda heading into the fall.

    Congress has a long to-do list when lawmakers return from their recess in September, with must-pass bills to raise the debt ceiling and continue funding the government. Coordination between the congressional leaders and the White House will be needed to ensure passage and avert a fiscal crisis or shutdown.

    But on a summer day in August, Trump appeared less worried about those battles as he rehashed what could have been.

    Echoing conservative critics, Trump started the morning complaining on Twitter that McConnell "screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done.'

    Later in the day, as if one attack were not enough, Trump delivered another jab on Twitter, demanding from his vacation that McConnell "get back to work."

    “You can see the president’s tweets. Obviously there’s some frustration," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday.

    "I don’t have anything more to add.”

    UPDATES

    12:50 p.m.: This post was updated with the president's additional comments.

    12:45 p.m.: This post was updated with a comment by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    10:12 a.m.: This post was updated with Trump's second tweet.

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