‘They’re Both Tough Men’ Says Blunt On Trump & McConnell | Meet The Press NBC News

CEILING VOTE IS SOMETHING THAT WILL BE DECIDED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, I WOULD EXPECT >> LET ME ASK YOU THIS

WHAT'S BEEN THE REACTION AMONG SENATE REPUBLICANS WITH THE PRESIDENT'S TOUGH WORDS FOR MITCH McCONNELL IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST IS IT GOING TO GET HARDER TO GET THINGS DONE? >> THEY'RE BOTH TOUGH MEN THEY'RE BOTH TOUGH MEN I THINK THEY'RE BOTH LONGTIME GO EXACTLY THE WAY THEY WANTED TO I IMAGINE WHAT MOST MEMBERS WERE HEARING WERE EITHER YOU ARE TOO SUPPORTIVE OF THE PRESIDENT OR NOT SUPPORTIVE ENOUGH OF THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT A MITCH McCONNELL PRESIDENT OR A PAUL RYAN PRESIDENTIAL RELATIONSHIP DISCUSSION

>> I WANT TO ASK YOU, THOUGH, ABOUT A JOHN McCAIN OP ED FROM FRIDAY, HE WRITES THIS, CONGRESS MUST GOVERN WITH THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS NO EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC OFFICE AND WE MUST RESPECT HIS AUTHORITY AND CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND WE MUST WHERE WE CAN, COOPERATE WITH HIM, BUT WE ARE NOT HIS SUBORDINATES JOHN McCAIN MAY BE IN A DIFFERENT PLACE THAN WHERE YOU ARE, IS THAT THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WANT TO ESTABLISH THAT THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH IS EQUAL TO THE PRESIDENT AND NOT ANSWERABLE TO HIM? >> I THINK THE CONGRESS TO UNDERSTAND FULLY AND THE COUNTRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT IS A GOOD THING I THINK IT'S ALSO A GOOD THING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THESE ARE NOT PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE MUCH HIRING OR FIRING OPPORTUNITY WHEN IT RELATES TO WHAT INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS DECIDE THEY NEED TO DO SO CERTAINLY THAT'S IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF THE PRESIDENT'S ABILITY IN HIS JOB, I WILL TELL YOU THE ONE THING THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS BETTER THAN ANYBODY IN THE COUNTRY TODAY IS TO HOW TO DRIVE A MESSAGE, HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE USING NEW WAYS OF COMMUNICATION AND FRANKLY, YOU'RE JUST A LOT BETTER ABOUT THAT >> I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT A COMMENT

HE WAS PRETTY TOUGH ON THE PRESIDENT, HE SAID NOW COMES TRUMP WHO IS EXACTLY WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE NOT, WHO IS EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE OPPOSED IN THE 160-YEAR HISTORY AND WE ARE A PARTY OF THE UNION AND THERE'S WANT BEEN A MORE DIVISIVE PERSON SINCE GEORGE WALLACE HE WROTE THIS RESPONSE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE ANY PART OF THE STATEMENT THAT YOU AGREE WITH? >> SENATOR DANWORTH HAS ALWAYS BEEN HELPFUL TO ME AND HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR HIM TO SET A STANDARD THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY THE STANDARD THAT GETS THINGS DONE WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT AND IT'S A MISTAKE TO GET IN A FIGHT WITH THE PRESIDENT

IT'S NOT A MISTAKE TO DISAGREE WHEN YOU DISAGREE IT IS A MISTAKE TO SUGGEST THAT SOMEHOW THIS PRESIDENT WHO WAS ELECTED JUST AS THE CONSTITUTION PRESCRIBED AND HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD THE COUNTRY THAT SOMEHOW WE NEED TO NOT WORK WITH THIS PRESIDENT, I THINK, IS A BAD ROAD TO GO DOWN >> IS THE PRESIDENT AS DEVICIVE AS SENATOR DANFORTH IS CLAIMING? >> I DON'T THINK SO I DON'T THINK SO I WAS WITH THE PRESIDENT IN HOMETOWN WEDNESDAY AND HE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BETTER JOBS AND MORE TAKE-HOME PAY AND THAT'S A MESSAGE THAT RESONATES IN THE COUNTRY

WE ARE ALMOST AT THE END OF A FULL DECADE OF PEOPLE'S TAKE-HOME PAY AND WHAT THEY CAN SPEND ON THEIR FAMILY HAS NOT INCREASED THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SEE THAT HAPPEN WE OUGHT TO ALL

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