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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 TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report 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 CornynManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke debate showdown 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 McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: report MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Will the Federal Reserve make a mistake by shifting to inflation? Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGOP lawmaker proposes legislative maneuver to fund Trump's border wall Maxine Waters gets company in new GOP line of attack The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise: Trump was 'clearly ribbing' Gianforte with remarks on body-slamming reporter GOP candidate says he chose bad 'metaphor' with face-stomping comments Democrats must end mob rule 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.