On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed reports that he and Trump haven’t spoken in weeks. The GOP leader said he has been “working together” and “in regular contact” with the president.
“The President and I, and our teams, have been and continue to be in regular contact about our shared goals,” the Senate leader told reporters.
McConnell Pushes Back Against Negative Media Reports
He added that he and Trump are working on a “shared agenda” and numerous other policies. He underlined that there is a lot of work ahead of them, but the two remain committed to advancing their policy initiatives. “Anyone who suggests otherwise is clearly not part of the conversation,” McConnell told reporters.
McConnell’s response comes days after a New York Times report revealed that the feud between the President and the Senate Majority leader had reached a tipping point. The Times learned from people familiar with the matter that Trump and McConnell are engaged in a “feud of mutual resentment and […] outright hostility.”
However, even though McConnell now claims that he has a rosy relationship with Trump, and anyone saying otherwise is not informed, one of the people that suggested the two Republicans are hostile was Trump himself.
White House Confirms Trump and McConnell Remain United
The President publicly questioned McConnell’s competence after failing to repeal Obamacare and even suggested that he should be replaced. Earlier this month, Trump told the press that the Senate leader’s failure to garner enough votes to repeal the healthcare reform bill was a “disgrace.” The President even ordered McConnell on Twitter to forget about the recess and get back to work.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said this week that the two politicians “remain united on many shared priorities.” Sanders said that after the August recess, the pair would meet with Congressional leaders to discuss “critical issues.”
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