President Donald Trump says his administration is “not planning to try to change the rules” on the Senate, but is “hoping” that his GOP colleagues will allow him to take control of the chamber when they reconvene in January.
Trump said Tuesday during a White House briefing that he would seek to keep the chamber under GOP control “and I hope they will allow it.”
He did not elaborate on how he would do that.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he would be willing to work with Trump to achieve the goal.
The president said Tuesday that he expects Republicans to “agree to let me do that.”
Senate Republicans have held a 51-49 majority in the Senate since Republicans took control of Congress in January, and Trump has not indicated any plans to change that.
He also hasn’t indicated whether he would prefer a two-thirds majority or a simple majority, which is required to pass legislation in the House.
Trump has called Senate Democrats obstructionists, and the two chambers have sparred over issues ranging from Obamacare to abortion.
Trump had sought to get Republicans to take a break from the Senate to attend his inauguration.
But he and GOP leaders did not reach an agreement on an alternative.
Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn, R of Texas, said Tuesday he would not consider working with Trump in his attempt to get the chamber to adjourn for the inauguration.