Gingrich: Trump deserves some blame for ObamaCare repeal failure

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Thursday that President Trump should share some of the blame for Senate Republicans' failure to pass a scaled-down ObamaCare repeal measure.

"The fact is, with very narrow margin — 52 people — [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE [R-Ky.] got 49 out of 52. And I think the president can't disassociate himself from this," Gingrich said on "Fox & Friends."

"He's part of the leadership team, he's not an observer sitting up in the stands. He's on the field. It was a collective failure."

The former GOP leader's comments came as Trump escalated a feud with McConnell, calling Thursday for the Kentucky Republican to "get back to work" on healthcare, among other policy initiatives.


McConnell said earlier this week that Trump had "excessive expectations" for moving his legislative agenda through Congress, prompting a rebuttal from the president.

“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged that the president was frustrated with the Senate majority leader.

McConnell has drawn the ire of some Republicans in recent weeks, after the Senate narrowly rejected a measure to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

The measure garnered the support of 49 Republicans, but three others — Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSessions torched by lawmakers for marijuana move Calif. Republican attacks Sessions over marijuana policy Trump's executive order on minerals will boost national defense MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Tech: States sue FCC over net neutrality repeal | Senate Dems reach 50 votes on measure to override repeal | Dems press Apple on phone slowdowns, kids' health | New Android malware found Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals MORE (Maine) — broke rank and voted against it.

That vote delivered a blow to the GOP's most recent efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE's signature healthcare law and exasperated Trump, who has vowed to let ObamaCare "implode."

The president has since abandoned that call, encouraging Republicans in Congress to get back to work on healthcare legislation.