President Donald Trump tapped Neil Chatterjee, who helped coordinate attacks against power-plant emissions rules as a senior adviser to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to lead a federal agency that oversees energy markets and approves pipelines. It began with a little Twitter prodding yesterday in response to McConnell's criticism of Trump's expectations, and his penchant for setting arbitrary deadlines that have nothing to do with the legislation in question.
Trump's comments came after McConnell at a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky on Monday said the president's pressure to move quickly on the party's agenda was behind the public's perception that Republicans haven't accomplished much despite their control of two government branches.
"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.
"Americans are so sick of these career politicians and their line of work and that's why they elected Donald Trump", conservative author, commentator and former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey told Fox Business. McConnell. "Obviously there's some frustration".
What's more, Trump also retweeted a poll from a right-leaning Twitter account called ProgressPolls that showed a survey saying 61 percent of people thought he was a better president than Obama.
Republican senators are on defense this month in their districts after the Obamacare repeal disaster that Trump has distanced his administration from.
Congress left for a five-week recess last week after failing to pass a partial repeal of Obamacare.
The president's attacks on a leader popular among Senate Republicans comes as lawmakers are poised to try to tackle other shared - but challenging - priorities in the fall, including tax reform, as well as craft a budget and raise the nation's debt ceiling. "I think it would be helpful if the president was a little more on message".
Scavino followed up with another tweet, using a hashtag of one of Trump's favorite taglines, "drain the swamp".
"Why not done?" Trump wrote.
On Wednesday though, in the wake of Trump's own escalating feud with McConnell, Brooks tried to seize an opening, urging the president to reconsider his endorsement since Brooks wants to oust McConnell from GOP leadership.