A close adviser to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slapped aside demands from Donald Trump after the one-term president raged at the GOP leader for working with the Democrats to temporarily lift the debt ceiling.
This past week, Trump raged at McConnell and called for his ouster, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity, "Mitch is not the guy, not the right guy, he's not doing the job."
That falls in line with Trump's previous comments about the senior Republican since McConnell went on record saying Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.
With the Washington Examiner's David Drucker writing, "McConnell's reaction has been the same — no reaction; and not the slightest hint of altering his leadership strategy to satisfy a former president who happens to maintain a great deal of support among grassroots Republican voters." he asked for comment from longtime McConnell advisor Scott Jennings about Trump's comments, and Jennings had a few things to say.
"McConnell has one goal: helping Republicans regain control of the Senate for the purpose of enacting Republican policy goals and stifling the Democratic agenda," Jennings fired back. "Trump lurches from one public relations [gambit] to the next; McConnell plays a longer game where there are actual political and policy goals at the end of a journey."
According to one Republican senator, McConnell has made a calculated choice to ignore Trump's sniping from the sidelines.
"Obviously, Mitch made the calculation, I think correctly, that the right way to handle Trump was to turn the page," the lawmaker admitted. "The idea of someone challenging Mitch is far-fetched. He probably feels just as strongly about Trump, if not more so than [Rep. Liz] Cheney, but realizes the prudent course of action is not to comment. Mitch is just much more disciplined. When you're in leadership, you don't want to be the story."
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