Trump Says G.O.P. Senators ‘Look Like Fools’ After Health Bill’s Failure

“The president ought to stop playing politics with people’s lives and health care, start leading and finally begin acting presidential,” Mr. Schumer said.

Mr. Trump’s repeated criticisms of Senate process also have rankled the Republican leaders.

Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, declined to comment on Mr. Trump’s posts. “If the leader issues any statements, we’ll be sure to pass along,” she said.

Mr. McConnell’s former chief of staff, Josh Holmes, cited Mr. Trump’s tweets on Saturday as he sardonically suggested a “search for the idiot who keeps putting the President on irrelevant and counterproductive crusades.”

Mr. McConnell changed the filibuster rules to allow all presidential nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority, and he extended that to allow Neil M. Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, to be confirmed as well.

But historically, and facing increasingly narrow elections that can flip control of the Senate every few years, most senators have opposed permanently jettisoning the rule that allows the minority party to indefinitely obstruct something that has majority support. Mr. McConnell has made clear he doesn’t support such a move, as have other members of the Republican caucus. That means that even if he wanted to, he could not end the filibuster on his own.

The president on Saturday also cited a “Fox and Friends” report that claimed Russia was behind an investigation that last year that produced a dossier about alleged unseemly incidents in Mr. Trump’s past. He said the Fox report showed that “Russia was against Trump in the 2016 election” and again blasted the several continuing federal investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia as a “witch hunt.”

Late Friday, the White House announced that Mr. Trump would sign legislation that limits his power to lift sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The White House had initially resisted the bill.

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