Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned against “excessive expectations” set by President Donald Trump “and others” for Republican senators.
At a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky on Monday, McConnell expressed irritation with what he described as a “storyline” among Republican voters of ineffective Republican senators.
McConnell spoke of legislative “complexity” and “artificial deadlines” while implying that Republican senators were conducting themselves effectively and honorably.
Partial transcript below. McConnell stated:
I know everybody’s saying [Republican senators] have been there and haven’t done anything, which I find extremely irritating, and I’m gonna tell you why. A Congress goes on for two years, and part of the reason, I think that the storyline is that we haven't done much is because in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things needing to be done by a certain point. …
Now, our new president has of course not been in this line of work, before, and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process, and so part of the reason, I think, people feel like we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the complexity of legislating may not have been fully understood, and of course our political adversaries love to say that any time. So what I’m asking of you is to judge this Congress when it finishes; how much have we done to make America competitive again and to grow again, and that’s part of “Making America Great Again,” which is what the president talks about so much.
Watch McConnell's comments below.
H/T Ali Rogin at ABC News.
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