As Donald Trump heads to Florida this weekend to give a campaign-style rally, Mitch McConnell made one more plea to the Republican president: Try to stay on message. The Senate majority has been trying for months — unsuccessfully — to convince Trump to adapt McConnell’s own disciplined style. The Kentucky Republican says that Trump’s White House is pursuing many of the policy goals that the Capitol Hill GOP prefers, but that Trump’s style is at odds with McConnell’s own methodical style.
“Well, I’ve been pretty candid with him and all of you that I’m not a great fan of daily tweets. What I am a fan of is what he’s been actually doing,” McConnell told reporters on Friday before the weeklong Presidents Day recess. “I’ve not been a fan of the extra discussions that he likes to engage in. But we’re going to solider on.”
The canny GOP leader has been directly challenging Trump to change his messaging approach. McConnell this week advised Trump to lay off Twitter and told the Weekly Standard Trump would be “10 to 15 points higher if he allowed himself to stay on message.”