>> What a great team this is, what an unbelievable team.>> As president Donal Trump tries to revive his domestic agenda, distractions keep piling up. James Comey, Russia, Twitter battles, angry allies, and Republicans are running out of patience. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. Well, the White House this week is trying to focus on health care, tax reform, and rebuilding roads and bridges, the three pillars of Trump'ss domestic agenda.
But the president himself is stirring up trouble on Twitter picking fights with the mayor of London, undercutting his own defense department over Qatar, and second-guessing his justice department over how it handled his travel ban. All of this before Russia grabs the headlines again on Thursday when the former FBI director takes the Hill.
Republican lawmakers on Tuesday starting to openly criticize the president's lack of focus. Conservative stalwarts like Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas saying Trump should keep his eye on the ball. Many of them saying they're frustrated with this penchant for stirring up drama on Twitter.>> Are President Trump's tweets considered official White House statements?
>> Well, the president is the president of the United States, so they're considered official statements by the president of the United States.>> Let's get to work, we're gonna get to work and get it done.>> Trump huddling with top Republicans on Tuesday trying to figure out how to get healthcare out of the ditch.
>> The senate, I'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great healthcare.>> He had hoped to have it done in January, but Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday not sounding overly optimistic.>> I wouldn't say that this meeting was pivotal.
was one of an ongoing series of meetings we've had that will continue throughout the week.>> Meanwhile, Trump's taking pot shots at hs own government on Twitter, and struggling to find qualified people who are willing to work for him. Hundreds of positions across his government, remain unfilled.
Key posts like FBI director and U.S. Attorneys remain vacant. That's making it even harder to advance his agenda. Congress only has a few weeks left of legislative action before they leave for a month long summer break. And when they return in September, they'll face a series of budget battles that will test their unity even further.