McConnell Bends The Knee To Trump?

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( – On Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky engaged in a notable interaction with former President Trump at a meeting held by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. This marked the first time the two had conversed since their estrangement began in 2020.

“We had a really positive meeting. We had the opportunity to talk a bit and shook hands a few times,” McConnell shared with the press following the gathering.

He emphasized the constructive nature of their discussion, noting, “It was an entirely positive meeting. There wasn’t anything negative to report.”

According to other senators present, Trump was well-received, earning several standing ovations, and McConnell was seated near Trump, facilitating easy conversation with the likely Republican presidential nominee.

Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, who attended the meeting, described the atmosphere as cordial and unifying, mentioning that Trump spoke highly of McConnell and his efforts to maintain unity within the Senate Republican caucus.

“It was very cordial, very unifying,” Wicker commented to The Hill. “We discussed several issues and the overall mood was very positive.”

He noted that McConnell was seated directly next to Trump, who praised McConnell for his leadership. “The president was very complimentary about Mitch, acknowledging his efforts to keep the conference together despite occasional dissent,” Wicker explained.

Another senator, who preferred to remain anonymous, noted that Trump made an extra effort to commend McConnell during their lunch, deliberately emphasizing his positive stance towards McConnell without bringing up past conflicts.

The relationship between Trump and McConnell had soured after McConnell acknowledged Joe Biden as the president-elect following the Electoral College vote in December 2020. McConnell also publicly criticized Trump’s role in the January 6th Capitol riot, attributing to him moral and practical responsibility for the events.

Despite their turbulent history, where Trump has repeatedly criticized McConnell and mocked his family, McConnell affirmed his endorsement of Trump for president after Trump secured the Republican nomination following Super Tuesday.

Reiterating his commitment to the party, McConnell emphasized earlier statements made shortly after the Capitol attack, expressing his readiness to support the Republican nominee, including Trump. “I said three years ago, right after the Capitol was attacked, that I would support our nominee regardless of who it was — including him,” McConnell told reporters earlier this week.

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