Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Kentuckians to judge the 115th Congress at the end of its two-year term rather than after just seven months, as President Trump has done.
"You've heard a lot of comments about the new Congress and suggestions that we haven't done much yet. My counsel to all of you is judge this Congress at the conclusion of the Congress," McConnell told attendees at a Louisville rally with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The GOP senator returned home to Kentucky earlier this month and has had to explain to voters why his party could not repeal Obamacare when Trump had promised action on it by summer. McConnell pointed to the two years it took congressional Democrats to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
McConnell was also asked about whether he trusts the media's reports and said he does for the most part, but looks at various outlets' coverage to get an overview of an issue.
"What I do every morning — there are a couple of services I look at before I leave home every morning. It gives me a synopsis of the articles and virtually everything. My view is most news is not fake," McConnell said.
Trump mocked McConnell earlier this month for failing to reform federal healthcare policy after years of calling for a replacement to Obamacare.
"Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" Trump tweeted.
McConnell defended Republicans in Congress following the president's message.
"Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven't done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point," McConnell told a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky Monday.