Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky and current Senate majority leader, has had a complex relationship with President Trump. McConnell has been “the principal enabler of the Trump agenda,” as McConnell’s longtime adviser J. Scott Jennings describes him, and much of his enduring legacy has been established during Trump’s presidency. But McConnell, a man of institutions and establishments, has also found himself in the position of supporting a president who seems hellbent on burning both to the ground, and is now trying to navigate a prolonged shutdown of Trump’s making. “I’m perplexed,” he said earlier this month, “as to how this ends.”
For the profile of McConnell in this week’s Times Magazine, Charles Homans interviewed McConnell for several hours over the course of two months, and also spoke to several dozen of his past and present staff members, Republican and Democratic senators, and Trump and Obama White House officials and cabinet members. Here are some key takeaways:
McConnell takes credit for the Trump win in the 2016 election.
When the Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, McConnell blocked President Obama from filling his seat — a decision that McConnell describes as “the most consequential thing I’ve ever done.” He takes credit for Trump’s election on the grounds that some exit polling shows that voters were heavily motivated by the Supreme Court vacancy that McConnell kept open.
McConnell’s other decisions during the campaign, intentionally or otherwise, may have helped Trump.
After the C.I.A. alerted congressional leaders of both parties — McConnell, the Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, the House speaker Paul Ryan and the House minority leader Nancy Pelosi — to evidence of Russian meddling in the election in August 2016, several weeks passed before the leaders issued a statement. Denis McDonough, President Obama’s chief of staff at the time, blames the delay on McConnell, who he says had concerns with the wording of the statement. McDonough says that even Ryan, who broadly agreed with McConnell, nevertheless complained to him about the holdup. “At the time,” McDonough said, “the speaker evinced to me considerable frustration.”
McConnell also chose not to distance Republican Senate candidates from Trump after the Access Hollywood video, in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, was published by the Washington Post. “He said, ‘Do you see any evidence that it would make any difference for candidates to distance themselves?’” Josh Holmes, a campaign strategist close to McConnell who spoke to him at the time, recalled. After speaking with Republican candidates, McConnell decided that a broader denouncement of Trump was likely to hurt them, and instead made a statement speaking only for himself.
McConnell was central to the Trump administration’s efforts to fill the judiciary with conservative judges.
Though his public endorsement of Trump in May 2016 was noticeably lukewarm, McConnell urged him to work with the Federalist Society, the conservative legal organization, in planning his appointments to the 106 seats on the federal judiciary — including Scalia’s Supreme Court seat — that McConnell had held open during the Obama years. By August he had begun discussing the project with Donald F. McGahn II, Trump’s campaign lawyer and, later, White House counsel. After the election, McConnell told his chief of staff, “We are going to move judges like they are on a conveyor belt.”
Paul Ryan, the former House speaker, says that he and McConnell had agreed upon a plan for if Trump fired Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor.
Ryan, who left office this month, said he and McConnell had planned for a scenario in which Trump decided to fire Mueller. Ryan declined to describe what the plan was, but said: “Did we discuss it? Yes, we discussed it. Yes, we were prepared if that actually would have happened.” He added: “I can answer that with a question: Has the guy been fired? No, he’s continuing on.” (McConnell declined to comment on the plan.)
James Mattis, the defense secretary until December, sent foreign leaders to see McConnell for reassurance.
Among McConnell’s allies in the Trump administration was James Mattis, the defense secretary, who quit in December, expressing concerns that his views on the United States’s alliances—which McConnell shared—differed from Trump’s. Speaking shortly before leaving office, Mattis declined to discuss directly his differences with Trump, but said that “when foreign ministers of defense or foreign leaders visited and they asked who they should talk with, I always spoke about Leader McConnell, because he could reassure them.”
Despite their working together for the past two years, McConnell rejects the idea that his own legacy is tied to Trump’s.
“I think the most consequential call I made was before President Trump came to office,” McConnell said, but which he meant his decision to block Obama’s appointment to Scalia’s seat. As for the rest of Trump’s domestic agenda, “he’s done what I thought ought to be done”: appointing judges, scaling back regulations, signing the sweeping tax bill House and Senate Republicans were able to pass in late 2017. “If Marco Rubio had been president, we’d have done it. If Jeb Bush had been president, we’d have done it. I say that not to take anything away from President Trump, but he took good advice on all three of those areas that are traditional Republican positions.”B:
今晚挂牌开奖结果直播【第】【二】【天】【到】【南】【宫】【绣】【的】【时】【候】，【奶】【奶】【悉】【心】【教】【歌】【紫】【兮】【绣】【了】【一】【对】【鸳】【鸯】，【南】【楚】【清】【非】【要】【说】【她】【绣】【的】【水】【鸭】。 【给】【南】【楚】【清】【了】【一】【个】【白】【眼】，【歌】【紫】【兮】【把】【他】【手】【里】【的】【荷】【包】【抢】【了】【回】【来】。“【南】【楚】【清】【你】【以】【后】【别】【想】【要】【我】【的】【荷】【包】。” “【兮】【兮】【你】【知】【道】【自】【己】【现】【在】【像】【什】【么】【吗】？” “【我】【给】【你】【的】【荷】【包】【你】【也】【给】【他】【们】【了】，【我】【给】【你】【的】【荷】【包】【你】【真】【给】【他】【们】【了】，【你】【明】【儿】【再】【想】【要】【的】【我】【的】
“【太】【阳】【当】【空】【照】，【花】【儿】【对】【我】【笑】，【小】【鸟】【说】，【早】【早】【早】——” “【汪】、【汪】【汪】——【汪】！” 【筱】【筱】【与】【豆】【豆】【一】【唱】【一】【和】，【别】【有】【一】【番】【画】【面】。【司】【徒】【长】【生】【不】【由】【微】【笑】，【端】【着】**【碗】，【悄】【悄】【走】【到】【筱】【筱】【身】【后】。 “【哎】【呀】，【你】【吓】【我】【一】【跳】。” “【这】【就】【把】【你】【吓】【到】【了】？”【司】【徒】【长】【生】【与】【筱】【筱】【并】【排】【蹲】【下】，【将】**【碗】【摆】【在】【豆】【豆】【面】【前】，“【看】【来】，【你】【胆】【子】【不】【够】【大】。
“【我】【的】【天】，【越】【塔】【强】【杀】？！” 【台】【下】【有】【人】【忍】【不】【住】【的】【惊】【呼】【出】【声】。 【但】【更】【多】【地】【人】，【此】【刻】【都】【是】【紧】【张】【的】【屏】【住】【呼】【吸】，【紧】【盯】【大】【屏】【幕】……【因】【为】【大】【屏】【幕】【那】【里】，【皎】【月】【是】【在】【最】【短】【的】【时】【间】【内】，【用】QRA【疯】【狂】【连】【招】，【配】【合】【被】【动】W【的】【爆】【炸】【和】【引】【燃】，【将】【亚】【索】【血】【量】【给】【打】【到】【了】【很】【低】！ 【三】【大】【解】【说】【也】【一】【脸】【震】【惊】，【甚】【至】【管】【泽】【元】【都】【要】【直】【接】【脱】【口】【而】【出】，【去】【夸】【这】【波】【皎】
【【名】【称】】【审】【判】【雷】【豹】（12【阶】【君】【王】） 【【物】【种】】【脊】【索】【动】【物】【门】，【哺】【乳】【纲】，【真】【兽】【亚】【纲】，【食】【肉】【目】，【裂】【脚】【亚】【目】，【猫】【科】，【豹】【属】【魔】【兽】 【【习】【性】】【雷】【豹】【达】【到】【君】【王】【级】【以】【后】，【喜】【欢】【生】【活】【在】【雷】【霆】【多】【发】【的】【云】【层】【之】【上】，【只】【有】【捕】【猎】【时】【才】【落】【地】。【它】【们】【爱】【独】【行】，【是】【蛰】【伏】【突】【袭】【的】【顶】【级】【掠】【食】【者】【和】【基】【石】【物】【种】，【在】【平】【衡】【生】【态】【和】【调】【节】【猎】【物】【数】【量】【方】【面】，【有】【着】【举】【足】【轻】【重】【的】今晚挂牌开奖结果直播“【这】” 【苏】【笋】【心】【中】【寒】【意】【四】【起】。 【他】【又】【在】【其】【他】【不】【同】【的】【地】【方】，【连】【连】【掀】【开】【地】【面】，【下】【面】【的】【场】【景】【依】【旧】【是】【和】【刚】【才】【一】【般】【无】【二】。 【难】【不】【成】【是】【说】 【一】【个】【真】【相】【渐】【渐】【地】【涌】【出】【苏】【笋】【的】【脑】【海】，【这】【让】【他】【心】【中】【毛】【骨】【悚】【然】。 【他】【感】【觉】【自】【己】【现】【在】【不】【是】【身】【处】【什】【么】【地】【底】，【而】【是】【来】【到】【了】【一】【只】【凶】【兽】【的】【肚】【子】【里】【面】。 【或】【者】【说】【是】，【这】
【只】【是】【一】【眨】【眼】【的】【事】【情】，【哈】【比】【图】【斯】【就】【失】【去】【了】【两】【根】【手】【指】，【但】【是】【他】【却】【顾】【不】【得】【截】【断】【处】【传】【来】【的】【疼】【痛】，【一】【咬】【牙】【从】【驴】【车】【上】【翻】【了】【下】【去】，【结】【果】【落】【地】【的】【时】【候】【脚】【下】【没】【有】【站】【稳】，【险】【些】【摔】【到】【一】【个】【水】【坑】【里】。 【然】【而】【张】【恒】【这】【却】【暂】【时】【顾】【上】【去】【追】【他】，【因】【为】【巴】【赫】【还】【在】【穆】【尔】【卡】【赞】【的】【手】【上】。 【不】【过】【后】【者】【这】【会】【儿】【也】【有】【些】【大】【事】【不】【好】【的】【感】【觉】【了】，【他】【没】【想】【到】【哈】【比】【图】【斯】【会】【失】【手】，