President Trump Gives Mitch McConnell an Ultimatum

President Trump Gives Mitch McConnell an Ultimatum
President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence at his side outside his golf estate in Bedminster, N.J. He strongly suggested if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can't get an Obamacare repeal bill, tax reform, and an infrastructure bill passed this session, he should step down.

After calling the Senate vote that failed to pass a repeal of Obamacare a "disgrace," President Donald Trump gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a firm ultimatum: pass a health care bill or step down.

During his press gaggle Thursday in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president made it clear he very simply wants to “get repeal and replace done.” Once that’s out of the way, he’s ready to move on to tax reform, tax cuts, and an infrastructure package.

He said:

I just want him to get repeal and replace done. I've been hearing repeal and replace now for seven years, but I've only been doing this for two years, and I've only been doing this for six months, but I've been running. Now it's almost two years, an ally I hear is repeal and replace. And I get there, and I said where's the bill? I want to sign it. First day. And they don't have it. And they tell us repeal and replace but they never had a president or a Senate that was going to do it. They didn't have a president, so didn't matter. I said very simply, where is repeal and replace? … We should've had this last one done. They lost by one vote. For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace.

Asked if he thinks McConnell should step down from his leadership position, the president was equally blunt:

Well, I 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, he does not get them done, then you can ask me that question. You can ask me—that means ask me that question. Let’s hope he gets it done.

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