Trump on Whether McConnell Should Step Down: Ask Me That If He Doesn’t Get Obamacare Repeal Done

By Melanie Arter | August 10, 2017 | 3:54 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of Fox News video)

( – President Donald Trump hinted on Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may need to step down from his leadership post if he’s not successful at getting an Obamacare repeal done.

Speaking from Bedminster, N.J., the president was asked whether McConnell should consider stepping down as majority leader.


“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,” the president said.

When asked about his relationship with McConnell, Trump said he just wants McConnell 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 really only been doing this for six months, but I’ve been running. So now it’s almost two years, and all I’ve been hearing 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,” Trump said.

“And they passed repeal and replace, but they never had a president frankly or a Senate that was going to do it, but they never had a president, so it didn’t matter. So I say very simply, ‘Where is repeal and replace?” the president said.

“Now I want tax reform and tax cuts. We’re going to reduce taxes for the people. We pay more tax than anybody in the world, and we’re going to reduce taxes,” he said.

“So I say, tax cuts, tax reform, and I want a very big infrastructure bill where we’re working on that very hard already, and we can do that, and we may even get bipartisan on infrastructure, but we want to have it. But I said, ‘Mitch, get to work and let’s get it done.’ They should have had this last one done. They lost by one vote. For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace, and frankly, it shouldn’t have happened,” he added.