Collins: Attention span of White House ‘a real problem’

Collins: Attention span of White House ‘a real problem’
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (R-Maine) is calling the attention span of the Trump administration “a real problem.”

“It’s unbelievable to me,” Collins told Politico for a report detailing lawmakers’ frustrations with the White House’s difficult honing in on one issue.

“The attention span just seems to be ... it’s a real problem," she added. 

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Another Republican lawmaker, Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) described it as “attention deficit disorder.”

Congress since the New Year has grappled with immigration, spending fights, gun legislation and most recently President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE’s decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Flake: Trump's Russia summit ‘truly an Orwellian moment’ MORE (R-Ariz.), a frequent critic of the president, noted the “short attention span” on Capitol Hill.

“Obviously on guns, you don’t do that one unless you’re forced. On immigration there’s no real deadline,” Flake told Politico.