Trump Making It 'Harder' on Himself Than Necessary, McConnell Says

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says President Trump's approval rating would be "10 to 15 points higher if he allowed himself to stay on message."

In an interview today, McConnell said he likes "what the president is doing," citing deregulation efforts, his Supreme Court nominee, and Cabinet picks. But "what he's saying makes everything harder." His tweets and comments often make it "harder to achieve what you want to achieve."

Trump also creates a "theater aspect" when he speaks out on personal and non-substantive matters, McConnell said. This produces distractions "on a daily basis."

McConnell doesn't object to the fact that Trump tweets. The problem is "what you say with the tweet," he said. And Republicans in Congress are badgered by the media to respond to what Trump tweets and says in off-the-cuff comments.

The president is the "most criticized person in the world," McConnell said. But he should "not respond to criticism." When he does, it generates a "multi-day story" that overshadows more serious issues.
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