President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE and Republican congressional leaders didn't talk about Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 CornynBipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Cornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? 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.
“We kind of riffed on the agenda,” Cornyn said.
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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.