McConnell, Trump at odds? New report sheds light

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – More trouble in the Trump administration?

Senator Mitch McConnell hasn’t spoken to the president in weeks and is privately saying he doesn’t think Donald Trump can save his presidency.

Senator McConnell’s office disputes those assertions made in a New York Times article published Tuesday night that’s making headlines.

The article says a feud with a mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility is complicated by the fact that President Trump chose Senator McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao as his transportation secretary.

According to the Times, angry phone calls and private bad-mouthing have turned into open conflict.

Senator McConnell’s press spokesman pointed out that the two have spoken in the past weeks and that’s been reported by other media.

He was just in Louisville Monday with the treasury secretary meeting on a shared goal with the president – tax reform. 

On Wednesday, McConnell released this statement:

“The President and I, and our teams, have been and continue to be in regular contact about our shared goals. We are working together to develop tax reform and infrastructure legislation so we can grow the economy and create jobs; to prevent a government default; to fund the government so we can advance our priorities in the short and long terms; to pass the defense authorization and defense appropriations bills so we can support our troops and help implement an effective strategy against ISIL; to provide relief from Obamacare; and to continue our progress for our nation’s veterans.

“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 clearly not part of the conversation."

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