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Trump: McConnell and I Are ‘Closer Than Ever Before’

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reaffirmed their working relationship in an impromptu press conference after their private meeting Monday at the White House. “We have been friends for a long time and probably now—despite what we read—we are probably now, I think, at least as far as I’m concerned, closer than ever before,” Trump declared. Despite numerous reports that Trump and allies like ex-aide Steve Bannon want to remove McConnell and other Republican leaders, the president said, “The relationship is very good. We are fighting for the same thing.” After discussing budget and tax reform proposals, McConnell added: “We are together totally on this agenda to move America forward.” The president has repeatedly blamed McConnell for failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.