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McConnell sees ‘high level of satisfaction’ with Trump

Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that he and his GOP colleagues are satisfied with the early weeks of President Trump’s administration.

“The country doesn’t need saving,” McConnell told The New York Times when asked if there was any need for a senior-level congressional intervention.

“I think there is a high level of satisfaction with the new administration,” he said. “Our members are not obsessed with the daily tweets, but are looking at the results.”

“No matter what sort of theatrics that go on around the administration, if you look at the decisions that are being made, they are solid — from our perspective — right-of-center things that we would have hoped a new Republican president would have done,” he added.

{mosads}Some lawmakers have expressed concern about some of the actions taken by the Trump administration. 

Trump has faced backlash for his order temporarily barring refugees and immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. 

McConnell himself diverged from the president on several issues during an interview last Sunday.

McConnell on CNN’s “State of the Union” said he disagreed with Trump’s view of Russian President Vladimir Putin, questioned the president’s claim of massive voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election and cautioned against the administration going too far with restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.

The Senate majority leader in the new Times interview praised the president for pursuing a conservative agenda.

“Back during the campaign, there were a lot of questions: Is Trump really a conservative? A lot of questions about it,” McConnell said.

“But if you look at the steps that have been taken so far, looks good to me.”

McConnell said the GOP has “very good unity on our side.” He noted that the decisions the president has made so far have been “comforting to my members.”
 
 “People are genuinely excited about taking the country in another direction,” he said. “I don’t find any decision that he has made surprising.”
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