Aug 8, 2017

McConnell gripes about Trump's "artificial deadlines"

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Mitch McConnell has been hesitant to criticize President Trump, but he had some pointed words Monday while speaking in Florence, Ky., according to CNN affiliate WCPO:

  • "I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process."
  • "Part of the reason I think people think we're underperforming is because of too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the legislature which may have not been understood."
  • "I've been and I will be again today, not a fan of tweeting and I've said that to him privately. I think it would be helpful if the President would be a little more on message."

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