Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday sought to dispel reports of a deteriorating relationship with President Trump, insisting they remain in "regular contact" over shared Republican Party goals.
Issuing such a statement was uncharacteristic for the GOP leader. The quiet Kentuckian rarely responds publicly to Beltway banter, especially stories about political intrigue and intraparty fighting.
But a report in the New York Times, which said the two men had not spoken since Trump berated McConnell in a phone call earlier this month after the collapse of the healthcare bill, provoked a response. The report also said Trump complained that the Senate leader was not doing enough to shield the president from the Russia investigation. The call, made from the president's golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., reportedly devolved into a profane shouting match.