The fragile relationship between President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will face its biggest test yet as the upper chamber begins working on its version legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"Whether or not they are able to forge a positive, personal and working relationship will be one of the early tests of this," Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, told The Washington Post.
McConnell, the six-term Kentucky Republican, has generally remained low key during the contentious House proceedings on the American Health Care Act.
The legislation was sent to the Senate Thursday on a narrow 217-214 victory – and Republicans have a 13-member working group working on its version of a healthcare plan.
While the styles of Trump, 70, and McConnell, who is five years older, differ greatly, people close to them tell the Post that they have developed a respectful relationship.
They speak regularly, with McConnell initiating some calls to assist the new Republican president.
"Leader McConnell has been a great resource in giving guidance and counsel on a myriad of issues in the first few months," a senior Trump administration official told the Post.
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