McConnell on Trump: 'I like what he’s doing’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Dems charge ahead on immigration Biden and Bernie set for clash MORE (R-Ky.) says he approves of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE’s overall job performance so far.

“He’s different,” McConnell said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe." "But I like what he’s doing. I like the attack on over-regulation. I like the Cabinet appointments.”

McConnell added that Trump represents the “different kind of president” voters wanted in the 2016 presidential election.


“There’s no question Donald Trump is a different kind of president,” he said. "He’s now comparing himself to Andrew Jackson.”

“I think it’s a pretty good, a pretty good comparison. That’s how big a change Jackson was from the Virginia and Massachusetts gentlemen who had been president of the United States for the first 40 years.”

Trump campaigned as an outsider candidate in 2016, ultimately defeating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE, the more politically experienced Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump has made cutting federal regulations an early focus of his administration since his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Trump issued an executive order last month stipulating that two regulations must disappear for every one regulation created, although it's not clear how it will be implemented.

A trio of liberal groups sued over the order earlier this month, arguing it exceeds his authority under the Constitution and blocks vital health, safety and environmental protections.

The February lawsuit from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Communications Workers of America and Public Citizen now seeks to halt the implementation of Trump’s order.