GOP Lawmakers Want Trump To Stop Bashing Congress

Senate Republicans want President Trump to stop taking jabs at Congress over its inability to get things done.

Trump loves to tout results and bash lawmakers when they do not move fast enough on his priorities.

Trump warned Senate Republicans through Twitter a week ago that they should get the annual spending bills passed before the August recess, a high bar for a chamber that didn’t pass any regular appropriations bills in 2017.

He also slammed the Senate’s pace on approving nominees as “the worst in history.”

A few days before that, he dinged Congress for a lack of progress on immigration reform.

This flurry of criticism has some Republicans worried that Trump could dampen enthusiasm among the GOP base, hurting turnout for the midterm elections.

Republicans say that Trump’s complaints about lack of accomplishments in Congress, such as the failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare, have overshadowed accomplishments, such as passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut last year.

GOP strategists think Senate Republicans are right to ask Trump to be more positive.

“One, Trump has great clout with the Republican base. Two, hammering Republicans [in Congress] undermines their central argument in the midterm election, which is, ‘the president needs reinforcements — look at the great results, he needs more Republicans not Democrats,’ ” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

Read more from Alexander Bolton at The Hill

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