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    From New Jersey Vacation, Trump Tells GOP Leader to ‘Get Back to Work’

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    A vacationing US President Donald Trump scolded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday, telling him to “get back to work” on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

    Did he call McConnell from the Oval Office? Nah. Trump’s on a two week golf holiday. He’s giving orders from the links. 

    "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!" the president wrote on Twitter while kicking back on a 17-day respite at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course.

    Twitter users jumped on the contradiction. 

    "You're on a 17 day vacation telling someone to 'get back to work,'" Twitter users wrote,  and "Meanwhile, you are golfing and having lunch today. Remember when you said you would have no time for golf?"

    They also suggested an inflatable chicken resembling Trump that was erected near the White House yesterday is doing more work than the reprimander-in-chief. 

    One user suggested that Trump might be tweeting out of boredom on a rainy day at the golf course.

    Trump and McConnell have been engaged in a public feud this week as the White House butts heads with the Republican-led Congress. The president called the failed effort to repeal and replace the nation’s health care bill "a disgrace" on Thursday while speaking to reporters at his golf course.

    He doubled down on blaming McConnell and Republicans in Congress for not repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, saying, "I just want him to get repeal and replace done. I’ve been hearing repeal and replace now for for seven years, but I’ve only been doing this for two years … So now it’s almost two years and all I hear is repeal and replace, and then I get there and I said ‘where’s the bill, I want to sign it’ first day, and they don’t have it."

    "Mitch, get to work and get it done," he reiterated, at one point even hinting that the Senate majority leader should step down from his position if he fails to pass new healthcare legislation.

    McConnell, who has proven to be the more restrained of the conservative duo, leveled serious criticism at Trump on Tuesday, telling a CNN affiliate, "Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before," and that "I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process."

    Trump ally Newt Gingrich came to McConnell’s defense Thursday, pointing out during a Fox News interview that the president also bears some responsibility for the touted legislation’s failure.

    "The fact is with a very narrow margin — 52 people — Mitch McConnell got 49 out of 52. I think the president can't disassociate himself from this," he noted.

    "[Trump] is part of the leadership team," Gingrich pointed out. "He is not an observer sitting up in the stands. He is on the field. It was a collective failure."


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