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 CantorIf we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling to retire after end of current term MORE (R-Va.) and Senate Democrats. Time reported that he and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment 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.