The relationship between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell has never been a warm one. The Senate Majority Leader was among the last major Republican leaders to endorse Donald Trump during the primaries, and he only did so when the last of Trump’s primary rivals dropped out of the race.
At the time, Sen. McConnell said only, “I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee, is now on the verge of clinching that nomination.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
There was a brief thaw in the afterglow of Trump’s victory in November, and both pledged to support each others’ agendas. The President even appointed Senator McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chau, Secretary of Transportation. The two men, however, have never bridged the gap personally or politically.
And now, according to the New York Times, the two are further apart than ever. Citing over a dozen anonymous sources close to both men, veteran Times writers Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin are reporting that Sen. McConnell and President Trump “have not spoken to each other in weeks,” and that McConnell has “privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.”
More from the Times:
What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility… Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.
With the utter failure of the Republican party to advance any significant legislation through congress and onto the President’s desk, it was only a matter of time before the blame game started. Then again, the President has never been shy about assigning blame to literally anyone but himself. McConnell is finally done playing games, at least in private, and the Civil War in the Republican Party is threatening to heat up.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.