The Hill: Trump barrage stuns McConnell and his allies

By Alexander Bolton

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not intend to pick a fight when he questioned President Trump’s expectations and was surprised by the explosion it produced, according to people close to the Senate GOP leader.

McConnell and Trump spoke Wednesday about what McConnell’s allies characterized as a misunderstanding, but that did little to quell the president’s anger.

"We should have had healthcare approved," Trump said Friday from his New Jersey golf club. "[McConnell] should have known that he had a couple of votes that turned on him and that should have been very easy to handle, whether it's through the fact that can take away a committee chairmanship or do whatever you have to do."

Sources close to McConnell say he is stunned by Trump's attacks, which have only increased in recent days, as an attack on a member of his own team.

Some in the Trump administration, however, think McConnell should have seen it coming.

A senior administration official expressed “100 percent agreement” with the president that McConnell has not done enough to advance his legislative agenda.

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