With a lot of work still needed in Congress on key items of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, Mr. Trump met for lunch on Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, giving off no signs of any ill will despite some sparring in the past, as both men vowed to push ahead on plans for major tax cuts and reform, emphasizing the need to get that done by the end of 2017.
“We’re fighting for the same thing – we’re fight for lower taxes, big tax cuts – the biggest tax cuts in the history of our nation,” the President said at a hastily assembled meeting with reporters in the White House Rose Garden.
“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.
“My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding,” Mr. Trump said of McConnell, not mentioning some of his tough statements and tough tweets about the Senate GOP leader in the past.
Here is the full Trump news conference, with McConnell: