McConnell, Trump go back-and-forth on "excessive expectations"

McConnell, Trump go back-and-forth on "excessive expectations"

Does the president expect too much, too soon from Congress?

President Trump and his Social Media Director, Dan Scavino Jr., responded this afternoon to Senate Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell's assertion that the president has "excessive expectations" for Congress. McConnell noted the president's political inexperience, and today President Trump pushed back: "Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?" Trump wrote on Twitter. Scavino echoed the president, characterizing McConnell's remarks as "more excuses."

Why it's news - The GOP is fighting during recess:

Not long ago, President Trump recommended that Congress put a recess on hold until the health care issue is resolved. Support for that idea soon waned, and Congress went on its recess as planned.
President Trump, for his part, left for a 17-day 'working vacation' at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. The distance between the White House and Congress was welcome.

But the recess hasn't felt much like a vacation:

President Trump attacked Sen. Blumenthal on his military record, threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea, and openly rebuked the Senate Majority Leader.
"Under this presidency, every hour feels like a day. Every day feels like a week. Every week feels like a month. Both the American people and the Congress do need a mental health break," said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York.

'Congress gets nothing done, and the president overpromises':

The idea that "Congress isn't getting anything done" is a popular sentiment, and a pervasive one, regardless of which party occupies the Oval Office. McConnell appeared to acknowledged that in his remarks:
"The president and others have set these early timelines about -- things need to be done by a certain point...." McConnell said.
Every president falls short of their goals, but President Trump made an unprecedented amount of promises during the 2016 campaign: By Politifact's count, former president Barack Obama made around 500 promises in the course of his two presidential campaigns. President Trump made 663 in just one campaign.

But does President Trump have a point?

Senate Republicans - with McConnell at the helm - have been promising an Obamacare repeal for seven years. Their midterm success was in no small part informed by that promise, and the failure to deliver a repeal goes way beyond President Trump.
However, President Trump didn't exactly boost the health care efforts: The president made no major speech on health care, held no town halls, and his pressures on GOP holdouts backfired.
The Republican-led Congress will return from recess with no progress made on health care or tax reform - their two key agenda items. Scavino, President Trump, and McConnell are demonstrating that there's enough "blame game" to go around.

Does the president expect too much, too soon from Congress?