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Kiss And Make Up? Trump, McConnell Speaking Again

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are speaking on a regular basis after months of reported radio silence between two of the nation’s top Republicans.

The president called McConnell Saturday to speak about tax reform and the federal budget, which are both crucial to the GOP agenda, Axios reports. The Senate has to pass a budget in the coming week in order to deliver on tax reform.

Trump and McConnell reportedly bonded over their recent successes Saturday, including the nominations and confirmations of conservative judges around the nation.

The change in the Republican leaders relationship comes after months of the president calling out McConnell for what he perceived to be repeated failures to whip senators behind his agenda.

He publicly admonished the majority leader for failing to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in August and for not heeding his advice on other legislative matters, like the debt-ceiling. The president has also made a number of private slights aimed at McConnell.

Trump criticized both McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Twitter Thursday, claiming he asked the pair to attach a measure to raise the debt ceiling to the recently-passed Veterans Affairs bill. He then went on to blame McConnell and Ryan for failing to follow through with his request and claimed raising the debt ceiling “could have been easy.” Now the situation is “a mess,” he said.

McConnell and Trump are scheduled to have lunch at the White House Monday, which could be a sign the two are looking to forget the past and move forward.

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