Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has labored mightily to avoid criticizing President Trump but two weeks into the new administration, it’s getting harder to downplay their differences.
On Sunday, McConnell told CNN he disagreed with Trump’s view of Putin, questioned the president’s claim of massive voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election and cautioned against the administration going too far with restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.
McConnell also chided Trump, albeit tacitly, for lambasting of a federal judge who ruled against his executive order temporarily banning visitors from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Syria from entering the U.S.
The majority leader is adept at deflecting questions and sticking to his talking points when it comes to possible differences with the president.
He prefers to emphasize their shared goals, including the repeal of ObamaCare, comprehensive tax reform and broad regulatory reform.
But Sunday on “State of the Union,” McConnell highlighted several splits with the Trump administration.