Mitch McConnell Shakes Hands With Trump, Putting Their Feud Behind Them | EUROtoday

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WASHINGTON ― Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to bury the hatchet with former President Donald Trump on Thursday, giving him a heat reception as he spoke on Capitol Hill with Senate Republicans in regards to the GOP agenda and the 2024 election.

The two males even shook palms, a exceptional flip of occasions given their icy relationship after Trump sought to overturn his 2020 election loss, culminating in a violent riot on the U.S. Capitol.

“We had a really positive meeting,” McConnell instructed reporters afterward. “He and I got a chance to talk, we shook hands a few times. He got a lot of standing ovations, it was an entirely positive meeting … I can’t think of anything to tell you out of it that was negative.”

The assembly, which was held on the National Republican Senatorial Committee close to the Capitol, is the primary time McConnell has spoken with Trump since December 2020, previous to the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol.

McConnell publicly tore into the previous president for inciting a mob to march on Congress. Trump responded by launching dozens of assaults in opposition to McConnell, calling him “a dumb son of a bitch” and even going after his spouse, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, by utilizing racist nicknames.

On Thursday, nonetheless, Trump was well-mannered and gracious towards McConnell, praising his vote-counting skills as longtime Senate GOP chief, a place he’s relinquishing after the November elections.

“There were no barbs, there was no kind of like, ‘I told you so,’” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) mentioned.

“He said several times, ‘I know some of you, we’ve had our disagreements in the room, but we have those and we work them out.’ He said, ‘I really support all of you.’ It was very, very genial,” Hawley added.

Several of Trump’s GOP critics additionally attended the assembly, together with Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Bill Cassidy (La.) and Todd Young (Ind.).

Romney, who voted to convict Trump in each of his impeachment trials, declined to remark afterward. Cassidy, who voted to convict Trump over his function within the Jan. 6 assault, mentioned he deliberate to work with Trump if he’s elected president.

“It’s my job to work for my state and for the country, and whoever the president is, I’m going to work my darndest to make sure that we’ve worked together for my state and our country,” Cassidy instructed HuffPost.

Trump’s go to to Capitol Hill was his first for the reason that Jan. 6 riot and follows his conviction in New York over falsifying enterprise information as a way to disguise funds to an grownup movie star.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), a prime Trump ally and potential vice presidential working mate, mentioned that the truth that a number of of the presumptive Republican nominee’s critics joined the assembly confirmed how the GOP is united behind him.

“No real Republican with any credibility in the party is still blaming him” for the Jan. 6 riot, Vance instructed reporters. “Frankly, some of his critics were in the room and were supportive and are supportive. So I think it’s a good thing, and the Republican Party is in a good place.”