Republicans in Congress are expressing criticism of President Donald Trump more often in the wake of his travel-ban executive order and the slow progress of his agenda, according to The Hill.
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, criticized Trump's calling a Republican-appointed federal judge a "so-called" judge, saying it is "best to avoid criticizing judges individually."
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse agreed, saying, "We don't have any so-called judges, just real judges."
"Any time you lose a decision in court it's never fun, but I never felt like it ought to be personal because no matter how mistaken, I think judges are basically just trying to do their jobs," Texas Sen. John Cornyn said, according to The Hill.
The president has offered mixed messages on two priorities of his campaign, Obamacare and tax reform. Last weekend, he said an Obamacare replacement would not be ready until "sometime next year." He said a House Republican tax reform plan was "too complicated," according to The Hill.
The Hill reported that Cornyn said the Democrats' actions against Trump's Cabinet picks has hampered the president's plans.
"That's the intent, to deny the president his Cabinet so he can get his administration up and running. I think the country pays a price for it."
Republicans blasted Trump his comments during an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that aired Sunday night, in which Trump said he respected Putin despite O'Reilly calling Putin a "killer."
"We've got a lot of killers . . . what, you think our country is so innocent?" Trump said to O'Reilly.
"When has a Democratic political activist been poisoned by the GOP, or vice versa? We are not the same as Putin," Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wrote on Twitter.
"I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conducted themselves and the way the United States does," McConnell said on CNN Sunday.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has notably refrained from criticizing the president. His usual comment is, "I don't typically comment on the tweet of the hour," The Hill reported.
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