After stumbles, Trump and McConnell forge bond for midterms

August 17, 2018 - 12:34 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has convened a rare August work period that's serving as a reminder of how much has changed in the unlikely partnership between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump.

This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Their differences laid bare the divisions in the Republican Party, but they have both quickly learned to adapt. Trump now keeps the Kentuckian close as a needed ally in accomplishing his agenda on Capitol Hill. And McConnell talks to the president almost daily as the two chat strategy and count votes.

It's a course correction that's enabling Senate Republicans to motor through their agenda as the past squabbles take a back seat to the party's drive to save the Republican majority in Congress this fall.

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