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WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC NEWS) - President Trump is preparing for a high stakes meeting today with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The two men will have lunch at the White House as the president looks to cross off a long to-do list before the end of the year.

 

President Trump has not been shy about his frustration with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,  especially when it comes to health care. It appears they'll try to put aside those differences over lunch Monday and attempt to thaw what's become a frosty relationship.

 

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are set to break bread today as the president's former chief strategist prepares for battle.

 

Steve Bannon said "This is not my war. This is our war." When he was speaking at the 'Values Voters Summit." Bannon made clear he's ready for an all out political war with the senate's top republican. He added "Right now it's a season of war against a GOP establishment."

 

Not everyone agrees with Bannon's tactics. On ABC's "This Week," Senator Susan Collins defended McConnell. Sen. Collins said "Mr. Bannon's over-the-top rhetoric is not helpful. Mitch McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader. The president needs him."

 

Another target for Bannon, Republican Senator Bob Corker, who said the president led a 'castration' of his Secretary of State.

 

In an interview with CNN, Rex Tillerson denied that was the case. Tillerson said "I checked. I'm fully intact."

 

The Commander in Chief recently tweeted Tillerson was 'wasting his time trying to negotiate with Kim Jong Un, who he refers to as little rocket man.'

 

But Tillerson insists the president wants to give diplomacy with North Korea a try. He said "The president has also made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically. He's not seeking to go to war//those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops."

 

As for that lunch at the White House, President Trump and Senator McConnell will be joined by Vice President Pence as the president looks for some major legislative wins. Republicans are ready to go all in on tax reform before the end of the year-- something the president will need McConnell to help push over the finish line.