Trump’s relationship with Hill Republicans is thawing, at least for now

“I’ve been feeling pretty good. I had a good day over there yesterday,” said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).

Corker, who was not happy with the lack of communication from the White House earlier in the week, said he met with national security adviser Michael Flynn about Iran and other topics “and ended up wandering down the hallway to see President Trump.” Flynn was on Capitol Hill on Thursday and told senators he planned to visit regularly.

Vice President Pence visited a closed-door lunch meeting of Republican senators on Tuesday to deliver a conciliatory message about the White House’s mistakes rolling out the executive order banning refugees. “We’ll do better,” Pence told them, according to senators in attendance. In addition, senior administration officials have stepped up their outreach to lawmakers.

The damage control underscored the increasingly tense dynamic driving a wedge between Congress and Trump’s White House. But it was unclear to some Republican lawmakers whether the breakthrough heralded a new phase in the so-far rocky relationship or a short-lived detente. It remains to be seen how well the president and Republicans can work together on issues such as health care, tax restructuring and foreign policy as Trump’s turbulent first fortnight as president neared its conclusion.

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