Although he has yet to formally announce whether he intends to run for his old job in 2024, former President Donald Trump continues to carry substantial clout within the Republican Party.
It appears that Trump is attempting to put some of that authority to use by demanding a major change in the Senate.
During a recent interview with “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo, the former president made clear that he believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to go.
Trump slams McConnell for helping to pass Biden’s infrastructure bill
Trump expressed his view that the GOP could do without “Mitch McConnell-type guys” and instead hopes “tougher people” will take power following next year’s midterm elections.
“Mitch McConnell’s a disaster,” Trump declared of the long-time Kentucky lawmaker, adding, “The Republicans have to get a new leader.”
In particular, the former president expressed frustration over McConnell’s role in helping to pass President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure bill.
“I call it un-frastructure, not infrastructure,” Trump complained It’s only 9 percent infrastructure. There was no way that should have been passed.”
It should have been 100% for infrastructure,” he continued. “So what’s happening is, we had a thing called the debt ceiling, and he could have used that to win everything, and he chose not to.”
Politico: McConnell’s position as leader seems secure
While Trump has been maneuvering against McConnell for some time, an article published by Politico suggests that the Senate minority leader probably isn’t going anywhere.
Inside the Capitol, conservative senators shrug at the question, revealing a lack of appetite even among the GOP’s anti-establishment wing and continued strong support for McConnell as leader,” writers Natalie Allison and Burgess Everett argued.
The pair noted that no sitting senator has publicly come forward in support of replacing McConnell and only two Republican Senate candidates have done so. They include Alaska GOP primary candidate Kelly Tshibaka, who is vying to replace Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
“You’re going to see a whole lot of leaders in the Senate, like me, not support Mitch McConnell for leadership because he’s anything but a leader,” the Trump-backed Senate hopeful was quoted as saying.