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

Grassley: I pray Trump can be more disciplined in his discourse
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending On The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Canada, Mexico lift tariffs on US goods after Trump scraps steel, aluminum levies MORE (R-Iowa) tweeted Sunday that he prays President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 ManafortUkrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud Feds ask judge to postpone ex-Trump campaign aide's sentencing Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine to press Biden investigation 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."