President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures while walking on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, after meeting. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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