Trump lauds McConnell after tax win: Could not have asked for a better partner

Trump lauds McConnell after tax win: Could not have asked for a better partner
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’ MORE on Wednesday showered praise on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGiuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump now says Korea summit could still happen June 12 MORE (R-Ky.) for successfully shepherding the GOP tax overhaul through the upper chamber.

"I would like to congratulate @SenateMajLdr on having done a fantastic job both strategically & politically on the passing in the Senate of the MASSIVE TAX CUT & Reform Bill," Trump tweeted.

The president wrote that he "could have not asked for a better or more talented partner" than McConnell and predicted Republicans "will go onto many more VICTORIES!"

The Senate narrowly passed the tax bill on a 51-48 party-line vote early Wednesday morning.


The House is expected to re-vote on the legislation later Wednesday, sending it to the president's desk in what will be the first major legislative achievement for Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress this year.

Trump's relationship with McConnell has in the past been fraught, hitting a low point during the summer and fall after Republicans in Congress tried and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate leader accused the president of having unreasonable expectations for his legislative agenda and the president responded by all but calling for McConnell's ouster.

Trump also irked McConnell by endorsing Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreExclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' Trump yuks it up to deflect Senate critics Alabama congressional candidate holding a drawing to win an AR-15 MORE in the Alabama Senate race over McConnell's objections. Moore went on to lose to Democrat Doug Jones earlier this month in the deep-red state.

But the two patched up their relationship in October, with the president insisting at a joint news conference they are "fighting for the same thing" as Republicans turned their attention to passing a tax overhaul.