It was all smiles for the camera at a recent Republican meeting in Philadelphia, where top party leaders met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to sketch out an ambitious 200-day plan for the United States.
Behind the scenes, however, insiders report the feeling among career politicians gathered were far more tense.
Now, some establishment politicians are sending a message to Trump: You need to get on board.
“What we have to do is focus on the things that unite us,” South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, before telling reporters that Trump’s discipline was “a work in progress.”
Arizona Sen. John McCain was far more blunt with his assessment of Trump’s moves.
“The president can sign whatever executive orders he likes. But the law is the law,” McCain said in a statement regarding the president’s plans to bring back waterboarding.
“Fighting over crowd size and things like that takes us off message,” Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger recently told CNN. “I’d advise him and his team to stay on message.”