McConnell, leader of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate, is also a Big Six team member. McConnell was attacked repeatedly last month by Trump on Twitter over Congress's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota flew with Trump to her home state for the speech and was called on stage by the president along with Republican officials.

"Everybody's saying, 'What’s she doing up here?'" Trump said. "But I’ll tell you what: Good woman, and I think we'll have your support."

Trump is trying to persuade Democrats to support his push to cut tax rates and simplify the tax code this year, a plan critical to bolstering Republicans heading into 2018 midterm elections, but which so far has included few details.

Heitkamp said in a statement that having Trump visit North Dakota was a good opportunity for the state to explain its priorities.

She said she was "open to working with Republicans and Democrats on comprehensive, permanent tax reform," but she cautioned that "the devil is in the details."

The White House plans to put Trump out on the road on a near-weekly basis this fall to sell his plan, which faces huge obstacles in Congress. Republicans control Congress but have so far been unable to pass Trump's top legislative priorities.

This article was provided by Reuters.


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