Trump, GOP leaders don't talk Mueller at private dinner

Trump, GOP leaders don't talk Mueller at private dinner
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary MORE and Republican congressional leaders didn't talk about Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation during a private dinner meeting at the White House Wednesday, even as lawmakers worry the special counsel could be fired.

“It didn’t come up,” Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynIt’s possible to protect national security without jeopardizing the economy Archivist rejects Democrats' demand for Kavanaugh documents Senate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing MORE (R-Texas) told reporters on Thursday.

Instead, Trump talked about the legislative agenda for the rest of 2018, discussing with Senate and House GOP leaders possible military action in Syria, a spending rescissions package, trade, immigration reform, nominations, the Dodd-Frank banking law and the Veterans Affairs Choice Program, according to Cornyn.

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“We kind of riffed on the agenda,” Cornyn said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHill.TV poll: Majority of Republicans say Trump best represents the values of the GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report Republican strategist: Trump is 'driven by ego' MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Ironworker and star of viral video wins Dem primary for Speaker Ryan's seat Live results: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut hold primaries MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRepublicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report Trump ally suspends reelection campaign Dems seek GOP wipeout in California MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump ally suspends reelection campaign Trump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks Ryan removes indicted GOP lawmaker from House Energy and Commerce Committee MORE (R-La.) also attended the dinner with Trump and Vice President Pence.

Trump tweeted a photo of the leaders giving the thumbs up with him at the meeting.

Trump expressed disappointment that Ryan will retire at the end of the year, which some political analysts are interpreting as a sign that control of the House is likely to flip to Democrats.

“I think he was disappointed but understands. That’s a big event,” Cornyn said.

But the president and leaders “really didn’t talk about the race for Speaker,” he added.

The Syria discussion was at the top of the agenda.

The president and GOP leaders also discussed how to avoid passing another omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2019.

Many conservatives were angered by the size of the $1.3 trillion spending package that Congress passed last month. 

Trump has been complaining publicly about Mueller's investigation since Monday, when the FBI conducted a raid on his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, reportedly for information on payments to two women who have alleged they had affairs with the president.

Lawmakers in the Senate have been debating legislation that would offer protections for Mueller.