Trump and McConnell take questions after White House meeting


The president had very stern words for Democrats in Congress, who the president said has broadly "obstructed" the Trump administration's agenda.

McConnell, R-Ky., seconded the president's latest views.

Justifying his decision to decertify the 2015 pact, Trump said Monday the US had been taken advantage of in negotiations conducted by the Obama administration and that he was exhausted of it. "Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing". In Alabama's special election, Bannon backed Roy Moore over the incumbent, Senator Luther Strange, who had the support of both McConnell and the president.

On Saturday, Bannon further grilled the GOP establishment and called out McConnell by name.

McConnell responded to Bannon's criticism by citing past Republican primary challengers who failed to make it into the Senate and stressing his relationship to Trump.

"I want to underscore what the President said - we have the same agenda", McConnell said, standing next to the President the entire time, as reporters verbally jostled to get his attention during a somewhat raucous Q&A that had not been on the original schedule for Mr. Trump. "The Republican Party is very, very unified".

"We're probably now closer than ever before", Trump said alongside McConnell in a hastily scheduled joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden.

At a Cabinet meeting, Trump said that the final resolution "might be total termination". "So I can understand fully how Steve Bannon feels". McConnell can only lose two Republican senators and still pass a bill.

"Mitch McConnell's not our problem", Graham said. "That's my approach and that's how you keep a governing majority".