McConnell's wife and Transit Secretary wouldn't answer if Senate leader gets along with Trump: report
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

On Tuesday a New York Times feature on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) revealed that he might have a slight rift with President Donald Trump.


With the government shutdown extending into a month, McConnell has been scrutinized for being relativity silent and not pushing negotiations forward. The report details the differences between McConnell and Trump. It describes Trump as a man not well versed in understanding the history of America or how governments operate.

"It would be hard to find two people by personality, or any inclination, that are more diametrically opposed than the president and Senator McConnell,” Roy Blunt, who heads the Senate Republicans’ policy committee told The Times.

Adding, “Senator McConnell, very careful and thoughtful about what he says, deeply studied in the history of the country and how the federal government works. The president would not be offended if he heard somebody say he did not spend his time becoming that well versed in those things."

The report also explained that McConnell's wife could not confidently say that Trump and McConnell get along. She paused for four seconds before dodging the question.

"When I asked Elaine Chao, who is Trump’s secretary of transportation and McConnell’s wife of 26 years, if Trump and McConnell liked each other, she was silent for a full four seconds before replying, 'You’ll have to ask the president that, and you’ll have to ask the leader that.' When I did ask McConnell, all he said was, 'Yeah, we get along fine.'”

Read the full report here.