Sen. Rob Portman calls for unity after fractious election

Portman says he anticipates tax reform, infrastructure improvements and a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act to be Trump's priorities

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during an interview in Lebanon, Ohio. National environmental group the National Resources Defense Council has launched a $500,000 ad campaign against Portman in Ohio, claiming a federal budget amendment he introduced could undercut the enforceability of the federal Clean Air Act. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
(AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is calling on Ohioans of all political persuasions to come together after the contentious presidential election to work for the country’s betterment.

Portman told reporters Wednesday that he doesn’t believe his decision late in the race to withdraw support from Republican Donald Trump will hurt his relationship with the president-elect.

The Cincinnati Republican also says he doesn’t see Gov. John Kasich’s opposition to Trump hurting Ohio’s standing in Washington.

Portman says he anticipates tax reform, infrastructure improvements and a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act to be priorities of the Republican-controlled Senate under Trump.

Asked if he supports building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico as Trump has advocated, Portman said immigration reform is needed but the form it will take is unclear.

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