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President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have engaged in a war of words in recent weeks, but the relationship between the two may be even more frayed than it appears.

A new piece in The New York Times says the two have not spoken in weeks, and also that McConnell has expressed doubts that Trump can "salvage his administration."

"Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense," reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin wrote, citing more than a dozen people briefed on the "imperiled partnership."

On "Special Report" tonight, Steve Hayes said it's shocking to see "open warfare" between a Republican president and a Republican Senate majority leader.

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"The president's going to need Mitch McConnell in at least some kind of a relationship there, in order to get things done this fall," Hayes said.

He warned that this conflict could actually expand in the coming weeks, which would certainly have a negative effect on Republicans' attempts to pass legislation in Congress.

"This fall is going to be brutal on the legislative front," Matt Schlapp said. "The debt limit, a potential big, massive shutdown in government, the fight over a border wall. We're still talking taxes and health care on top of that."

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