Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Fireworks on health care expected at Dem debate | Trump FDA pick dodges on vaping ban | Trump to host meeting on youth vaping Friday | AMA calls for immediate vaping ban GOP senator blocks vote on House-passed Violence Against Women Act On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the courts will have to resolve President Obama’s recent recess appointments and blamed the White House for the confrontation with lawmakers.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” McConnell said the president’s recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month was part of Obama’s reelection strategy.

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“We all know the president wants to pick a fight with Congress,” McConnell said.

The senator said the president cannot decide when the Senate is in session or in recess. He noted that there was litigation against the recess appointments at the NLRB and that he understood that there would be litigation forthcoming against the consumer bureau as well.

“What’s unusual here is the president’s unconstitutional action,” McConnell said. “In other words, asserting that he has the authority to decide when we are in session. I don’t find that in the constitution and I think the courts are going to have resolve this issue.”

McConnell also wouldn’t take issue with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Hillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Senators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition tech MORE’s (R-Utah) promise to block Obama administration nominees due to Lee’s concerns over the recess appointments.

“Senators put holds on nominations all the time. That’s very common,” McConnell said.