McConnell on Trump: ‘I’m not a fan of the daily tweets’

Keren Carrion

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that while he likes the actions the Trump administration is taking, he’s not as enthused about the president’s penchant for tweeting. 

“I’ve been pretty candid with him and all of you that I’m not a fan of the daily tweets,” he told reporters during a press conference on Friday. 
Asked if he thought President Trump was taking Republicans off message, McConnell said he’s not a “fan of the extra discussion that he likes to engage in.” 
{mosads}But McConnell stressed that he liked the early actions taken by the Trump administration and praised Trump’s Cabinet selections. 
“As I look at what we might have expected from a President Mitt Romney, a President Marco Rubio or a President Jeb Bush at the beginning of their tenures in office, I can’t see much difference between what a President Trump is doing and what they might have done,” he said. 
Trump’s constant stream of tweets has at times created headaches for GOP lawmakers, who have spent months fielding questions from reporters over his social media remarks. 
McConnell noted repeatedly during the presidential campaign that he wished Trump would “stick to the script.”
The Senate GOP leader and the president are in some ways a study in opposites. While Trump uses the bully pulpit and Twitter to weigh in on numerous topics at any hour, McConnell is well known for his rigid message discipline. 
McConnell’s press conference comes less than a day after Trump held a freewheeling presser in which he lashed out at the media, once more talked about his Electoral College margin of victory and defended his administration as a “fine-tuned machine.” 
McConnell declined to comment on Trump’s press conference on Friday, telling reporters, “I don’t have any observation about that.” 
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