GOP senators give Trump standing ovation

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE received a standing ovation Tuesday when he walked into a lunch meeting of the Senate Republican Conference to take a victory lap after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE did not find evidence of collusion in the 2016 election.

Trump seemed almost giddy as he spoke to Republican senators in the Mansfield Room just off the Senate floor, according to GOP lawmakers who said Trump claimed the Mueller report gave him a "clean bill of health" after two years of speculation that it could lead to impeachment.


The president thanked Senate Republicans for sticking by his side for almost "two years" of the special counsel's investigation and Democrats "dragging our party and the presidency through the mud on a hoax," according to Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerTrump puts hopes for Fed revolution on unconventional candidate Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Acosta on shaky ground as GOP support wavers MORE (R-N.D.).

"He appreciated that we stood with him, and he said it can never happen again," Cramer added. "The words he used is 'clean bill of health,' referencing Mueller."

Trump appeared to have an extra bounce in his step and called out almost all the senators in the room by name, according to lawmakers who attended the meeting.

"He was in good spirits," said Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump may intervene in Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US Colombian official urges more help for Venezuelan migrants MORE (R-Fla.).

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFirst responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Jon Stewart rips into Rand Paul after he blocks 9/11 victim compensation fund: 'An abomination' MORE (R-Ky.) said Trump received a "prolonged standing ovation" when he walked in the room. 

And Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Top Democrat demands answers on election equipment vulnerabilities MORE (R-Mo.), who hosted the meeting as the Senate Republican Policy Committee chairman, said Mueller’s report effectively exonerated Trump.

"I believe that’s the case," he said.

The Mueller investigation found no evidence that Trump or his top advisers coordinated with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel did not come to any conclusion as to whether the president obstructed justice.

It was a good day for Trump and Senate Republicans, who have had a rocky relationship over the past month. 

There was no talk of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain promotes July 17 as #GBMday to raise awareness of father's cancer The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' MORE (R-Ariz.), who became a flashpoint last week after Trump repeatedly criticized him for passing along to the FBI a dossier of damaging allegations against the president.

Trump and Senate Republicans did not discuss the Democratic-sponsored resolution disapproving of his national emergency declaration for a wall along the southern border. Twelve Republicans voted to disapprove of Trump’s action earlier this month.

Cramer said Trump "definitely had a little extra step, a little bounce in his step."

The president did not urge Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime Graham: Trump's attacks on minority congresswomen more 'narcissism' than racism Meghan McCain promotes July 17 as #GBMday to raise awareness of father's cancer MORE (R-S.C.) to investigate possible corruption at the FBI, something he has alleged publicly on several occasions, nor did he say Congress should take a closer look into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE's 2016 presidential campaign, another subject he has harped on in recent months.

"It was more of a thank-you speech," Cramer said.