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GOP Senators Welcome Trump's Push for Republican Unity on Tax Bill

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President Donald Trump with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee John Barrasso, R-Wy., as they make their way to a meeting with the Senate Republican caucus, at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., on Nov. 28, 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:47 AM

Republican lawmakers say President Donald Trump is playing a constructive role as he helps solidify GOP support in the Senate for the tax bill, The Hill is reporting.

Trump dealt directly with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and his concerns while attending a private meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, according to the website.

"He told him to stop blocking it and to work out his concerns with the rest of the conference," a Senate GOP source told The Hill. "He told him he would have a chance to offer amendments and he should stop being an impediment."

"He went at him twice by name."

He also addressed the concerns about the tax bill voiced by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

Both senators had been threatening to vote against the tax bill in the Senate Budget Committee, but ended up voting for it.

"Obviously (Trump) wants me, he encourages me to get to yes," said Johnson right before the vote. "That's certainly what I want to do."

And Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas welcomed Trump's approach.

"I thought the president did a good job of inspiring us all to get the work done," he said. "This is a political imperative for Republicans.

CNN reported that Trump had personally urged Republican senators to unite and get the tax bill passed.

And the president described his meeting with Republican lawmakers as a "love fest," the news network reported.

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