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 TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting 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 CornynCornyn shrugs off Trump criticism of 'SNL' GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run 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 McConnellGOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Republicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump Overnight Energy: Students around globe demand climate action | EPA bans consumer sales of deadly chemical in paint strippers | Green New Deal set for Senate vote MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBottom Line Paul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment' Pence loses House office space MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide GOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump keeps tight grip on GOP GOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests House Republicans find silver lining in minority 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.