In a dramatic turn of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would sign an executive order to support Republican incumbents who win reelection in 2018.
McConnell’s move follows a statement from Trump that he wants Democrats to help the GOP win the Senate in 2018, and he is now signaling a willingness to make a deal.
The order from McConnell, however, is unlikely to be enacted immediately.
“Let’s get this done,” McConnell told reporters Thursday.
“The American people are looking for us to pass something today.”
The president said that Democrats would not be allowed to “vote for any legislation that defunds the Affordable Care Act,” as McConnell said they would not.
“That is why I’ve told my team to do the right thing and to be patient,” Trump said.
Trump said that “they will be able to pass whatever they want, including repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
He also said that he “strongly believe” that Democrats are “very likely to succeed” in their bid to take control of the Senate, and that he would “get along with them very well.”
“If they don’t get something done, they’ll go home,” Trump told reporters.
The president has made a series of statements over the last several weeks that suggest he intends to support Republicans in the Senate.
In early October, he called for a “nuclear option” to force Democrats to agree to the GOP-led Senate bill.
And on Friday, Trump signed an executive action directing the Environmental Protection Agency to allow for the removal of climate change denial from its website.
“We’ve got to get our house in order, and we have to get it done, and I’ve done it, and now I have a couple of weeks to get through,” Trump tweeted.
“It’s time to get this thing done.”
On Monday, Trump tweeted that “there will be a nuclear option” for Senate Republicans if they do not vote for the Senate bill, a comment that was quickly debunked by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“If that’s what the president wants, we’ll see what happens,” Sanders said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump has not yet formally announced whether he will accept the support of the GOP caucus.