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McConnell: Trump No Different Than Romney, Bush or Rubio Would Have Been

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By    |   Friday, 17 Feb 2017 12:15 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he's not a "great fan" of President Donald Trump's tweets, but he is a fan of what he's been doing and doesn't find his actions surprising.

"As I look at what we might have expected from President Mitt Romney, or President Marco Rubio, or President Jeb Bush at the beginning of their years in office, I can't see much difference between what President Trump is doing and what they would have done," the Kentucky Republican told reporters during a press conference.

Further, McConnell said he believes Trump's cabinet choices have been "truly outstanding" and is "the most conservative cabinet in certainly the time I've been here, and I'm certain with other Republican presidents."

McConnell said he also likes how Trump is eliminating Obama-era regulations, but in addition to not liking Trump's tweets, he is also not "a fan of the extra discussion that he likes to engage in, but we are going to soldier on. We like his positions and we're going to pursue them as vigorously as we can."

Meanwhile, the senator said he does not believe there will be any Democratic cooperation on either Obamacare repeal and replace measures, or on tax reform.

"I had just gotten here and I was still trying to figure my way around one when we did tax reform the last time," said McConnell. At that time, Democrats controlled the House, while there was a Republican Senate and Republican president, and there was bipartisan cooperation.

Now, both the issues will have to be tackled by Republicans, and they are "100 percent committed, as a team, to repeal and replace Obamacare and do comprehensive tax reform."

"There has been a lot of internal discussion on tax reform already, including the best way to get rates down, and there is an "overwhelming desire" to do that, said McConnell.

McConnell also praised Vice President Mike Pence in the wake of the resignation of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

McConnell, said Pence is a "sensible player" and a "huge value added for us. He's a very different kind of personality from the president, and he's in the middle of everything and it's been great. I think he's been terrific. "

The senator also said he is not afraid of protesters who have gathered at Republican lawmakers' public events and in the nation's major cities, as "people have an opportunity to express themselves."

"I don't go down to Lafayette Park every day, but I'm told someone is there protesting something on any given day," said McConnell. "Everybody has a right to express themselves. As long as they do it peacefully, I have no problem with it."

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