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But independent of the recent controversies, McDonough has been engaging in a steady charm offensive of his own in recent weeks. Earlier this month he met privately with House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity MORE (R-Va.) and Senate Democrats. Time reported that he and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Wisc.) met for a beer in April.

McDonough even has worked to reach out to reporters, bringing boxes of doughnuts to the press workspace in the basement of the White House last week.