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Sen. Mitch McConnell shows no hint of tension with President Trump during appearance at State Fair

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell was in the unwelcome spotlight at Thursday’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast.

McConnell made an appearance as he again came under attack from President Donald Trump.

McConnell received a standing ovation at the breakfast, but there was no applause coming from the White House. Trump went after the senate majority leader on Twitter for failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.

It's the third time this month the president has tweeted criticism of McConnell, and the two have reportedly not spoken since an angry phone call two weeks ago. But in his speech, McConnell had praise for the president.

“This new administration in Washington and this Congress is interested in getting America growing again,” McConnell told the crowd.

Gov. Matt Bevin, who knows both men, dismissed any conflict.

“I have a good relationship with both of them," he said. "Each of them is committed to helping Kentucky."

Fourth District Republican Congressman Thomas Massie questioned Trump's tactics.

“I don't think it's healthy to attack individuals, individual senators or members of Congress,” he said.

Beyond the national drama, the breakfast was the usual political theater. Kentucky State Police escorted out a costumed LGBT activist.

“This is the sixth year we've come out to protest the Kentucky Farm Bureau's discriminatory policies,” said Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign.

There were appearances by those running for higher office, such as State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, who has announced another run for attorney general.

“I still believe I'm the best person for the job,” Westerfield said.

Those considering a run also showed up to see and be seen.

“I will tell you that I'm getting a lot of encouragement to look at the governor's race in 2019,” House Minority Leader Rocky Atkins said.

As for McConnell, the embattled majority leader ignored reporters' questions as he walked away.

McConnell and the White House have both released statements downplaying any conflict, saying they are committed to advancing their shared agenda.

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