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Small Russian flags bearing the word "Trump" are thrown by a protester toward President Donald Trump, as he walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Capitol Hill to have lunch with Senate Republicans and push for his tax reform agenda, in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A protester threw Russian flags at Trump as he arrived on Capitol Hill



A protester on Tuesday threw what appeared to be several Russian flags at President Trump as he arrived on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

“Trump is treason,” the man shouted as Trump walked past with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“We should be talking about treason not tax cuts,” the protester yelled as the pair entered the GOP policy lunch.

CBS News on Tuesday reported that the protester is Ryan Clayton of the Americans Take Action group.

Clayton engaged in a similar protest last July when he threw a large Russian flag at Trump’s son-in-law.

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Jared Kushner was meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators to discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race.

Trump is meeting with Senate Republicans on Tuesday in an attempt at boosting unity in the GOP.

The president and many of his fellow Republicans broadly agree on the need to pass tax reform and help everyday Americans.

Republicans are grappling, however, with the best strategy for passing legislation that reforms the U.S. tax code.

Republicans control 52 seats in the Senate, meaning they need 50 votes to pass tax reform with no Democratic support should Vice President Mike Pence break a stalemate.

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The margin ensures that only three Republican senators can reject Trump’s tax plan assuming it gains no Democratic backers.

Trump has had a sometimes rocky relationship with his fellow Republicans, most recently clashing with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).

Corker earlier Tuesday tweeted that Trump is an “utterly untruthful president” in the latest escalation of the pair’s war of words.
Trump’s huddle with Republicans comes amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential race.

Mueller’s investigation includes potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s election campaign.

Trump has repeatedly labeled Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” against him and his administration.

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