Mitch McConnell is a D.C. dinosaur and and an elitist member of the political establishment who has never been a supporter of the Trump presidency. When McConnell failed to cobble together enough senators to pass a much-needed healthcare reform bill, the Trump White House turned to South Dakota Senator John Thune, signaling to every other Republican in the Senate that it is Thune and not McConnell who has the President’s trust.
It is an interesting choice by the President given Thune was among the earliest and more vocal Senate opponents of Mr. Trump’s then-insurgent presidential campaign. Trump is a man who prizes results above all else, though, and it appears he believes Thune is the one to ensure the Senate finalizes passage of its healthcare reform bill.
Just this morning Senator Thune was pushing back against recent media reports that suggest President Trump has not been involved in the ongoing healthcare reform deliberations:
“The president has been very involved. He’s engaged with individual members that have specific concerns they want addressed. He’s engaged in our entire conference as you saw yesterday. He had all Republicans come down to the White House and convey to them the sense of urgency in getting something done, and rescuing the American people in what is a failed Obamacare system,” Mr. Thune, South Dakota Republican, said on Fox News.
As of now Thune and the Trump White House are pushing for a Friday vote. If that happens, the 55-year old Senator Thune’s standing within the Republican-controlled Senate will be strengthened considerably while 75-year-old Mitch McConnell will clearly be in the final years of his D.C. relevance.
The message from President Trump is clear. Either get things done or get out of the way.
It appears more and more in D.C. are finally getting the message.