Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) split with many others in his party in signaling support for a massive infrastructure proposal.
In response, former President Donald Trump issued his latest broadside against the GOP establishment in a statement decrying McConnell’s “weak leadership.”
“No deal is better than a bad deal”
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump called out the Senate minority leader for dealing with the “communist Democrats” by giving them “everything they want” while “getting nothing in return.”
A public rift between the two influential Republicans opened just before Trump left office and exploded following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. After McConnell condemned the incident and linked it to the then-president, Trump called him an “unsmiling political hack” in response.
Although the feud has apparently cooled down since then, Trump continues to call out those in Republican leadership deemed too willing to compromise with Democrats.
The former president also assailed McConnell for failing to fight against “election fraud,” blaming him for Republican Party losses in Georgia that resulted in Democratic control of the Senate.
“Under the weak leadership of Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans continue to lose,” Trump added.
“Get a deal done at any cost”
In a previous statement anticipating the latest move, Trump declared that McConnell is desperate “to get a deal done at any cost to prove that he can work with the Radical Left Democrats.”
He doubled down on that criticism in his subsequent statement on Friday, calling McConnell a part of the “biggest government expansion in a generation.”
As for the infrastructure compromise, the $55o billion proposal is much smaller than Biden’s original $2 trillion demand. Nevertheless, Trump noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is refusing to budge until a partisan $3.5 trillion “budget” bill — including a move toward amnesty for undocumented immigrants — is passed.
McConnell and other Senate Republicans in favor of the current deal were notably more reluctant to back an infrastructure bill while Trump was in office, which Politico argued could be what is rankling the former president this week.