Grassley: Trump 'could solve all of his problems' if Melania approved tweets

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate votes to end debate on criminal justice reform bill Five takeaways from the court decision striking down ObamaCare The Year Ahead: Tough tests loom for Trump trade agenda MORE (R-Iowa) joked at a Tuesday event that President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE would have a lot fewer worries if his tweets were first checked by first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House release Trumps' 2018 official Christmas portrait Three biggest immigration issues Congress needs to tackle The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips Dems as shutdown looms | Congress deadlocked | Flynn associates charged will illegal lobbying MORE.

"The president could solve all of his problems if he just showed his wife the tweet before he punches the send button," Grassley quipped when the moderator noted that Trump is tweeting more about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE than the push for criminal justice reform in a bill co-sponsored by Grassley.

"Couldn't we all," agreed Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinVeteran industry lobbyist to leave American Petroleum Institute Senate votes to end debate on criminal justice reform bill Harris announces support for White House-backed criminal justice bill MORE (D-Ill.), another of the bill's co-sponsors.

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The president's frequent and often bombastic tweeting has been a source of frustration for many conservatives, including Grassley.

In September, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman tweeted that he was praying Trump could be more disciplined in his discourse in the run up to the midterm elections.

"My prayer is that our President can be as disciplined in his discourse and speeches like last two [weeks before] his election," Grassley tweeted. "Then we will be successful in next two months like he was successful."

The GOP emerged from the midterms with a greater majority in the Senate but significant losses in the House. 

Pundits on the right and the left have said Trump's heated rhetoric contributed to the GOP's losses, driving away suburban voters.

On Monday, the president unleashed a series of tweets lambasting Mueller's plea agreement with Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen.  

Cohen pleaded guilty last week to lying to Congress regarding the timing of the Trump Organization's efforts to build a tower in Russia.