White House relationship with the GOP is 'fine,' press secretary says

Trump has clashed with McConnell and Ryan over health care.

"I think the relationships are fine," press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the day's briefing. "Certainly there are going to be some policy differences, but there are also a lot of shared goals and that's what we're focused on."

"I think that's a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn't dignify a response from this podium," Sanders responded.

On Wednesday, both the White House and McConnell's office issued statements that seemed to refute reports of a division between them.

"President Donald J. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell remain united on many shared priorities," according to a statement from the White House. "They will hold previously scheduled meetings following the August recess to discuss these critical items with members of the congressional leadership and the President’s Cabinet."

"The president and I, and our teams, have been and continue to be in regular contact about our shared goals," McConnell's office said. "We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we are committed to advancing our shared agenda together and anyone who suggests otherwise is clearly not part of the conversation."

McConnell and Ryan are both opposed to Trump's demand that the federal government be allowed to shut down if funding for a southern border wall is not included in a spending bill.

"I would just say it's important we stay unified," he said.