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 McConnell​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Hogan won't say if he will file to run for Senate by Feb. 22 deadline Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities 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 McCainKelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities Sinema, Manchin curb Biden's agenda MORE (Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsVoting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend Sinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform 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 ObamaBarack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle Voting rights is a constitutional right: Failure is not an option Florida looms large in Republican 2024 primary 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.