/Lindsey Graham advised Mitch McConnell on Trump: “You got to keep positive, get in fast and get out fast”

Lindsey Graham advised Mitch McConnell on Trump: “You got to keep positive, get in fast and get out fast”

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the most prominent GOP converts to Donald Trump’s politics, reportedly told Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell he needs to keep his message positive and pithy when dealing with the president.

“You got to keep positive, get in fast and get out fast,” Graham told the majority leader when discussing the best ways to deal with the president, The New York Times reported.

“Your biggest problem is that he thinks you only call him with bad news,” the Republican senator explained to the Graham, as he shared his personal methods of Trump-whispering, according to a Senate colleague present for the exchange.

The advice given to McConnell was revealed in an evaluation of the Senate majority leader’s marriage of convenience with the president, and the pair’s clearly contrasting styles. According to the Times, McConnell, who prefers businesslike interactions to Trump’s public glad-handing, has been described in the past by the president as “stiff” and “boring.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talks to reporters following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol, on March 5. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

While they might have their differences, both are fixated on getting themselves re-elected. McConnell has, at Trump’s behest, rolled back Obama-era regulations, delivered the president’s massive tax slashing agenda and facilitated a series of controversial nominations. The most high profile of these included the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a move the Kentucky senator questioned.

McConnell has also reportedly learned to deal with the president directly, concerned that leaks are inevitable when Trump summons aides and relatives to his side.

Senator Graham has made one of the most conspicuous 180-degree turns when it comes to dealing with the president. In 2015, when the pair were vying for the Republican presidential nomination in a crowded field, the South Carolina lawmaker called Trump a “xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot.” “You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell,” Graham said during a CNN interview in 2015.

In 2019 the contrast could not be more stark. “To every Republican, if you don’t stand behind this President, we’re not going to stand behind you,” Graham saidat a recent Louisville address according to CNN. “This is the defining moment of his presidency. It’s not just about a wall. It’s about him being treated different than any other president.”

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