Amid tensions, Trump, McConnell to huddle on fall agenda


President Trump is expected to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Monday at the White House amid increased tensions.

Their lunch will follow a Cabinet meeting, according to the White House schedule. 

A spokesman for McConnell said the two will talk about the fall agenda.

“The Leader will join the president and Vice President for a working lunch where they will discuss the fall agenda which includes completing the budget resolution, passing tax reform to help American families and workers, confirming well-qualified judicial and other nominees, and continuing to provide resources to communities affected by the recent hurricanes,” David Popp told Politico.

{mosads}Trump has criticized McConnell for failing to accomplish his agenda items, including the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare.

Trump has in the past taken to Twitter to attack the Senate majority leader.

Last week, five prominent conservative activist leaders called for McConnell and the rest of his leadership team to resign, citing the Senate’s failure to pass much of Trump’s agenda. The conservative leaders, who are longtime critics of McConnell and the GOP establishment in Washington, slammed the Senate’s failure to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill.

Over the weekend, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon declared a “season of war” against Republican lawmakers, promising to help replace Senate Republicans who oppose Trump.

He slammed McConnell, saying he has been getting calls to find “the Brutus” to the Kentucky Republican’s “Julius Caesar.”

“Yeah, Mitch, the donors are not happy. They’ve all left ya. We’ve cut your oxygen off, Mitch, OK?” Bannon said Saturday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) however, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that McConnell is not the GOP’s “problem.”

“Our problem is that we promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and we failed. We promised to cut taxes and we have yet to do it,” Graham said. “If we’re successful, Mitch McConnell’s fine. If we’re not, we’re all in trouble. We lose our majority and I think President Trump will not get reelected.”

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