Former President Trump reportedly called for new leadership in the Senate GOP and claimed it was “a sad thing to see” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) freeze at the podium during a news conference.
While continuing to attack McConnell’s leadership of the Senate GOP, Trump said it was “sad” to watch him back down.
Last week, at a press conference, McConnell froze in mid-sentence, causing his colleagues to ask about his health and temporarily halt the news conference.
Since the Republican leader vehemently chastised Trump for his conduct on January 6, 2021, Trump and McConnell have frequently clashed.
Despite not voting in favor of Trump’s impeachment, McConnell attacked him in a fiery statement on the Senate floor after the trial.
“Well, I thought it was sad. At the same time. I think it’s a shame that he went so far out to give Green New Deal money to Biden and the Democrats. But that was too bad. That was actually a sad thing to see. He had a bad fall, I guess and probably after effect of that, but it was also sad that he gave trillions and trillions and trillions of dollars to the Democrats to waste on the green New Deal.” Trump said.
Trump’s impact on GOP primaries, which some Republicans claim contributed to the Democrats maintaining their majority in that chamber, has also drawn McConnell’s ire.
Trump’s accusations were a reiteration of his previous critiques of McConnell and two pieces of legislation that President Biden supported.
The main climate change elements adopted by the Biden administration were in the Inflation Reduction Act, which McConnell opposed and did not gain GOP support.
The other is a bipartisan transportation package that McConnell supported.
McConnell, 81, who has led the Senate GOP for 16 years, became the chamber’s longest-serving leader in January.