Grassley: I pray Trump can be more disciplined in his discourse

Grassley: I pray Trump can be more disciplined in his discourse
© Greg Nash

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate panel reaches tentative deal for Kavanaugh accuser to testify Thursday Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Aide for GOP involved in Kavanaugh nomination resigns after past sexual harassment allegation surfaces MORE (R-Iowa) tweeted Sunday that he prays President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE can be as disciplined in his discourse for the next two months as he was in the last two weeks before his election in 2016.

“My prayer is that our President can be as disciplined in his discourse and speeches like last two [weeks before] his election,” Grassley wrote.

“Then we will be successful in next two months like he was successful,” he added.

It is unclear what prompted Grassley's tweet, but Grassley has often implored the president to be more careful in his rhetoric and actions. Grassley earlier this month asked the president to follow Wall Street Journal D.C. bureau chief Gerald Seib’s advice from his Aug. 20 column, where Seib wrote that the president too often steps on his own good news.

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And the senator last week shot back at the president after reports that White House counsel Don McGahn will be leaving in the fall, tweeting to Trump, “U can’t let that happen.”

Republicans like Grassley have expressed concern over the various controversies plaguing the White House as the midterms draw ever closer.

Some controversies involving the president have included his comments at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he refused to acknowledge the intelligence community's assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections. The White House was also shaken by the conviction of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDem warns Trump: 'Obstruction of justice' to fire Rosenstein Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report Former White House lawyer sought to pay Manafort, Gates legal fees: report MORE, and the plea deal struck by former lawyer Michael Cohen.

Still, some in the GOP say their success during Trump's first two years will outweigh any bad press the administration brings.

When confronted with a Washington Post-ABC News poll where 60 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the president, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Sunday morning that GOP midterm candidates just needed to emphasize the economic victories the Republicans have won.

"In just the first six quarters of this administration, business investment has increased 7.3 percent on average," Johnson said, as an example of the Republicans success. "The last two years under Obama it only increased 0.6 percent. It's that business investment that I think will lay the foundation for strong economic progress."