U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked with members of the press at the McConnell Center for the first time since Tuesday night’s presidential election. While McConnell has seen his share of upsets during the 32 years of his senatorial career, the political veteran didn’t forecast a Trump victory.
“I was surprised,” McConnell said. “I, like everybody else, was watching all the polls and, not always, but usually the polls were right. This was an election between the status quo and change. You sort of filter out the personalities and the charges and countercharges and what you come up with in looking at this election is: are you satisfied where you are or do you want to go in a different direction?”
McConnell and his staff also met with the president-elect when Trump visited Washington, D.C. on Thursday to discuss issues and priorities facing the new administration.
“We talked about the Supreme Court and Obamacare – and our desire to change that moving forward,” McConnell said. “The discussion reflected the issues that he and a lot of us talked about during the election. The American people expect us to pursue the agenda that we talked about and that’s what we intend to do.”