Trump and McConnell take questions after White House meeting


Trump's own aides, many of whom are tasked with working with Congress to turn Trump's campaign promises into legislation, have privately lamented that the President's attacks against members of his own party - most importantly McConnell - have made it more hard to win over skeptical lawmakers.

McConnell, R-Ky., seconded the president's latest views. "We are probably now, despite what we read, we are probably now, I think, at least as far as I am concerned, we are closer than ever before and the relationship is very good. I like Steve", Trump said during the unscheduled press conference.

Bannon, who left the White House to once again become the head of Breitbart News, is vowing to back GOP primary challengers to Senate Republicans who he believes are opposing Trump.

Trump defended his former top adviser, Steve Bannon, who is now threatening all-out political war on McConnell and establishment Republicans, including incumbent senators.

"Just so you understand, the Republican Party is very, very unified", Trump insisted.

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"I want to underscore what the President said - we have the same agenda", McConnell said, standing next to the President the entire time, as reporters verbally jostled to get his attention during a somewhat raucous Q&A that had not been on the original schedule for Mr. Trump.

(President Trump) "My relationship with this gentlemen is outstanding". I like and respect majority, and I think they like and respect me.

At a Cabinet meeting, Trump said that the final resolution "might be total termination".

"Mitch McConnell's not our problem", Graham said. McConnell can only lose two Republican senators and still pass a bill.