THE LATEST: TRUMP SUGGESTS SENATE LEADER SHOULD STEP ASIDE

hosted.ap.org | 8/11/2017 | Staff
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

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President Donald Trump is suggesting that the Senate's top Republican should step aside if he can't pass Trump's legislative agenda.

Trump says, "You can ask the question" about whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should remain in his position if he cannot pass a plan to repeal and replace health care, change the tax code and move an infrastructure proposal.

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The president was speaking briefly to reporters during a 17-day trip to New Jersey and New York City, where he maintains homes.

Trump has been sniping at McConnell for several days on Twitter, a reaction to McConnell's earlier remarks that the president was new to Washington and doesn't realize how difficult it is to pass legislation.

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1:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump clearly has the Senate majority leader on his mind.

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For the third time in two days, Trump is using Twitter to tweak Mitch McConnell. In an almost patronizing tone, he's urging the Kentucky Republican to plunge into work on health care and other issues, though Congress is on recess until next month.

Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon, "Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!"

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The president has also jeered McConnell for last month's defeat of a Republican effort health care bill despite seven years of GOP promises to repeal the Obama health...
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