Graham advised McConnell to 'keep positive' when talking to Trump

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJudiciary chairman issues subpoena for full Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Barr to allow some lawmakers to review less-redacted Mueller report as soon as next week MORE (R-S.C.) has some advice for people talking to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE: Stay positive.

Graham, who has emerged as a close ally of the president's, recently told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Overnight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage MORE (R-Ky.) that he needs to "keep positive" during his interactions with Trump, according to The New York Times.


The newspaper, citing a senator who overheard the exchange, reported that Graham told the GOP leader that "you got to keep positive, get in fast and get out fast" when talking with Trump.

“Your biggest problem is that he thinks you only call him with bad news,” Graham reportedly continued in his advice to the Senate leader.

While McConnell is known for being strategic and tight-lipped about his plans, Trump uses Twitter to weigh in on topics at any hour. McConnell has told reporters that he's "not a fan of the daily tweets," and routinely declines to comment on Trump's most recent series of posts.

But McConnell, like Graham, is up for reelection in a state won by Trump during the 2016 election and where the president remains popular heading into 2020, when the White House and control of Congress are up for grabs.

McConnell and Trump have largely stuck together publicly on policy, including the recent fight over the president's emergency declaration to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The Kentucky senator also led Republicans earlier this month in changing the rules to reduce the amount of time it takes for the Senate to confirm most of Trump's nominees.