The president’s provocation of Republican senators comes even though he will need their cooperation to pass key legislative items in the coming months. Upcoming measures include bills to raise the debt ceiling to avert default, fund the government to avoid a shutdown and overhaul the American tax system.
Tax reform, in particular, is an issue the president pressed for during his campaign, and he sees it as fundamental to boosting economic growth.
A New York Times report Tuesday described the president’s deteriorating relationship with the GOP Senate leader in great detail. Trump and McConnell have not spoken in weeks, and the senator privately has been skeptical about whether Trump “will be able to salvage his administration,” the Times reported.
McConnell “has fumed over Mr. Trump’s regular threats against fellow Republicans and criticism of Senate rules,” the newspaper said.
In a statement Wednesday, McConnell said he, Trump and both of their teams “have been and continue to be in regular contact about our shared goals.” They are working together on issues like creating jobs, raising the debt ceiling, funding the government, and setting the defense budget, among other issues, the statement added.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we are committed to advancing our shared agenda together and anyone who suggests otherwise is…
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