PHILADELPHIA (Gray DC) -- The new Republican president -- meeting with nearly every Republican lawmaker at their caucus retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday.
The message from GOP leadership is one of unity.
“We are on the same page as the White House," said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). We have been working with the Administration on a daily basis to map out and plan a very bold and aggressive agenda.”
On that agenda – repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, and appropriating $12-15 billion for a border wall.
“We attend to address the wall issue ourselves, and the president can deal with his relations with other countries on that issue and other issues," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
McConnell and Ryan are also setting a timeline – a 200-day plan. They hope to get their big agenda items done by August recess.
“We feel we have an obligation to make good on the commitments we made good on this campaign," explained Ryan.
The leaders also addressed President Trump’s executive actions. It’s a power President Obama also used, but they say the former commander-in-chief exceeded that power.
“Everything President Obama did by executive order, this new president can undo. We would like to see these things undone, and we would like to see power restored to the people in the states, not the federal government," said Ryan.
Besides meeting with the president and vice president Thursday, GOP lawmakers had a visit from British Prime Minister Theresa May. McConnell says it was an opportunity to discuss a new bilateral trade agreement with one of America’s oldest allies.