Seated at a desk in an ornate room steps from the Senate floor, Trump the showman emerged, giving running commentary as he went.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for instance, received the pen with which Trump nominated Elaine Chao, McConnell's wife, to be secretary of transportation. But only after top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California, Trump's initial choice to receive the pen, stepped aside. The assembled leaders appeared to be enjoying themselves, repeatedly laughing and joining in the banter, especially Ryan, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of New York, and Pelosi.Trump ran a few minutes late, so beforehand, the leaders made small talk, with rivals Ryan and Pelosi discussing the National Football League playoffs and Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Schumer choosing baseball.
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