Interim energy agency boss named
WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump on Thursday named a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as interim leader of the commission that oversees the U.S. power grid.
Trump elevated Neil Chatterjee, McConnell's longtime energy adviser, to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, for at least the next few weeks.
The appointment came as Trump resumed his taunts of McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, expressing disbelief that McConnell couldn't persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill.
"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 Thursday.
Hours later, Trump used Twitter to target McConnell again, nudging him to plunge into issues such as tax reform and infrastructure, even though Congress is on recess until after Labor Day.
On energy, Trump is waiting for the McConnell-led Senate to confirm his nomination of Washington lawyer Kevin McIntyre as FERC chairman. Chatterjee, who was sworn in as a commissioner this week, takes over on an interim basis, replacing Democrat Cheryl LaFleur.