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McConnell may not like Trump's tweets, but he loves having a Republican president again

Though the Senate majority leader prefers "less drama" he sure loves tax cuts, and health care reform


Charlie May
May 26, 2017 12:15AM (UTC)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. is not a fan of President Trump's tweets, saying in a Reuters interview he'd prefer a little "less drama" but he is still pleased to have a fellow Republican in the White House and is in staunch favor of the president's agenda.

McConnell said he enjoys that Trump is approachable, and even said he has had made himself more available than George W. Bush, the last Republican in the Oval Office. He also says that they have a strong relationship, despite McConnell's overt disagreements with some of Trump's twitter sprees.

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"We have a good relationship. He’s never, as far as I can tell, gotten angry at me - in my presence, anyway. We have a good working relationship," McConnell told Reuters reporters in a round table interview. "He knows, as you all know, that I’ve not been a fan of the tweets and the extracurricular comments. I said last week we could do with a little less drama."

When it came to the recent reports of scandals as well as the investigation into Russian collusion, McConnell didn't get into too much detail.

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"I think all of that is going to be handled by the special counsel and the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I'm confident in their ability to do the job," McConnell is quoted as saying. The Senate majority leader indicated that repealing Obamacare and rewriting the tax code were the top priorities of both he and Trump's agenda.

While he agreed that Trump was not a Republican in the traditional sense, McConnell said he is happy with the direction of the president's agenda. "What the administration is doing, not only am I comfortable with it, but I think the vast majority of Republicans in Congress feel that this is a right-of-center presidency, which is what we had hoped."

"If you look at what the president is actually for, it strikes me as indistinguishable from what a President Jeb Bush or a President Marco Rubio would have been advocating: deregulation, tax reform, repeal and replace of Obamacare, judges like Neil Gorsuch," he added.

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Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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