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 McConnellTSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport The case for Russia sanctions Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation 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.

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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 McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally MORE (Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKaine to force Senate to hold rare Saturday session amid shutdown Senate rejects government-wide ban on abortion funding Senators look for possible way to end shutdown MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO 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 ObamaPompeo’s retreat into chaos Barack Obama wishes Michelle a happy birthday: 'You’re one of a kind' NY Times prints special section featuring women of the 116th Congress 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.