"And I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process", he continued, adding that "part of the reason I think people feel we're underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines. may not have been fully understood".
Now, Mitch McConnell is whining about the "extremely irritating" perception that he's done nothing.
"The votes are simply not there", McConnell said earlier this month. He has a book out blaming Trump for problems within the Republican Party.
But it wasn't just the White House that was, at least initially, pressing for an ambitious legislative agenda.
For his part, McConnell's statement was surprising because he is typically among the capital's most guarded politicians. That man is President Donald J. Trump.
President Donald Trump worked the phones Monday with congressional leaders during his stay at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, talking about health care and tax reform.
But it was House Speaker Paul Ryan in February who touted a 200-day plan with McConnell and Trump, saying then that "we are exactly on track".
Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media and a close aide to Trump, also hit back earlier Wednesday against the Kentucky Republican. On 68 different occasions, Trump promised to repeal Obamacare.
Fox News Host Sean Hannity tweeted that McConnell is "a WEAK, SPINELESS leader" who is dishonest and should retire.
Before taking office and after becoming president, Trump spoke often of moving legislation erasing Obama's law rapidly through Congress. While he still signed it, he was critical of a bill that passed with wide bipartisan support that would make it more hard for the President to ease sanctions against Russian Federation, calling the bill "seriously flawed" and saying "it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate". In January, House leaders unveiled a schedule calling for action by late March, and McConnell said in March that he wanted Senate passage by the April recess. While the health care bill was sinking in the Senate, Trump was telling his supporters that it was going to pass.
McConnell made the case that the Congress is working as it should and that voters should allow the process to play itself out before passing judgment.
On Wednesday though, in the wake of Trump's own escalating feud with McConnell, Brooks tried to seize an opening, urging the president to reconsider his endorsement since Brooks wants to oust McConnell from GOP leadership. Luther Strange for the GOP nomination for his Senate seat, responded angrily to Trump's endorsement of Strange.
Since Trump jumped into the presidential race in 2015 and eventually ascended to the presidency, he and McConnell have maintained a unusual relationship.
The Arizona Republican faces re-election next year and has been one of the biggest thorns in the president's side.
Robert Mercer's check marked the "first major gift" this cycle to the committee backing Senate candidate Kelli Ward, said Doug McKee, chairman of Kelli PAC.