'Can you believe' McConnell couldn't repeal, replace ObamaCare?

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President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are pointing fingers at each other for the failure to repeal Obamacare.

President Donald Trump on Thursday named a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as interim leader of the commission that oversees the USA power grid.

"Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before", McConnell said at an event in his home state of Kentucky.

Chatterjee, who was named chairman on Thursday of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said he will take over the reins on a temporary basis until Kevin McIntyre, Trump's pick to head the agency, is confirmed. The bottom line is we didn't fail because we didn't have enough time.

A McConnell spokesman did not comment on Trump's tweets.

"Let's start with 'Ditch Mitch.' And [House Speaker Paul] Ryan, don't get the idea that means you are off the hook either". It's why he tried to fast-walk the legislation before the July 4 congressional recess so he could move on to tax reform, where he's said there's more opportunity for a win.

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Strange, who was appointed to fill now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' seat, has the backing of McConnell, the majority leader's super PAC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The president's freewheeling and off-the-cuff actions contrast with McConnell's rigorously disciplined method of leading the Senate.

For the second time in less than 24 hours, Trump assailed McConnell Thursday on Twitter for not pushing a health care bill through the Senate. The attacks are a risky approach considering Trump's slumping job approval ratings among his most fervent supporters.

The dueling narratives about why the Obamacare repeal died (at least for now) despite harsh political rhetoric about the law over the past seven years highlight the fractures in the Republican Party.

The White House has said it hopes for votes on tax legislation in both chambers by November.

The clash follows weeks of mismatched strategy and building tension between Trump and McConnell before the collapse late last month of the GOP's drive to replace Obamacare. But they continue to butt heads with a White House that's unhappy with where they left the health care debate. They lost by one vote.

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