McConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama'

McConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight House sets up Senate shutdown showdown Biden says he doesn't believe a government shutdown will happen MORE (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that he believes President Trump has settled into the conventional Republicanism touted by rank-and-file party members such as Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Quick vote on defense bill blocked again Maternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (R-Fla.). 

"What the administration is doing, not only am I comfortable with it, but I think the vast majority of Republicans in Congress feel that this is a right-of-center presidency, which is what we had hoped," McConnell told Reuters in an interview.

"If you look at what the president is actually for, it strikes me as indistinguishable from what a President Jeb Bush or a President Marco Rubio would have been advocating: deregulation, tax reform, repeal and replace of ObamaCare, judges like Neil Gorsuch," he added.

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McConnell also said that he's been open with Trump about his disapproval of the president's "tweets and extracurricular comments," adding that he and Trump talk regularly and share an open line of communication.

Though he acknowledged that Trump is "disinclined to take my advice on some things."

"He knows, as you all know, that I’ve not been a fan of the tweets and the extracurricular comments," McConnell told Reuters. "I said last week we could do with a little less drama."

Trump has been quick to weigh in on controversies regarding his administration, particularly about ongoing federal investigations into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin.

McConnell said that he and Trump are united in their policy priorities, such as tax reform and repealing ObamaCare, and described Vice President Pence's role as a liaison between the White House and Capitol Hill as "serious value-added."

"It’s been really helpful because members feel like they can go over and whisper in his ear about whatever their particular problem is, and something will be done about it, because they’ve kind of elevated it to a higher level," he said.