Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday that Congress seeks a “little less drama” from the White House. He averred a concern voiced on Monday by the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who said that the White House is in a "downward spiral."
“The White House has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and in order. It’s got to happen," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to Bloomberg News after leaks from the White House alleged that President Trump shared highly classified information from an intelligence partner with the foreign minister and ambassador of Russia at the Oval Office. Also present at that meeting were Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
Trump posted on Twitter today that he has an "absolute right" to share information with Russians, but did not note whether the information was classified or where it was from.
Corker added, “Obviously they’re in a downward spiral right now and they’ve got to figure out a way to come to grips [with] all that’s happening."
McConnell told Bloomberg on Tuesday that he had read the Washington Post story and the response from National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster "which tends to refute the story, rebut the story." McMaster reiterated at a press conference on Tuesday that the information that Trump shared with the Russians was entirely “appropriate” for the context of the conversation.
"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things, so that we could focus on our agenda, which is deregulation, tax reform, and repealing and replacing Obamacare," McConnell added.
McConnell also spoke to another issue of importance: the federal budget. He said acknowledged that Trump’s budget request is indeed a request. "Well, we generally, no matter who the president is, generally don't pay too much attention to the president's budget. But we share some of his priorities," he said. "I think plussing of defense is something all Republicans think is important."