Former President Trump told Fox News in an exclusive interview on Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell must be replaced among caucus leadership, after the 79-year-old Kentuckian led 10 other Senate Republicans in giving Democrats enough votes to break the filibuster on a debt ceiling increase.
On an ensuing party-line vote, Democrats passed a $480 billion debt ceiling increase which host Sean Hannity said will last until December – giving the party time to potentially craft a procedure to successfully pass its multitrillion-dollar socioeconomic overhaul legislation dubbed “human infrastructure. “
In the past, Trump has railed against one of them, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as “disloyal” and previously promised to support a primary challenger against her in 2022.
The other nine included Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota and Sens. Michael Rounds, Susan Collins, John Barrasso, John Barrasso, John Barrasso, John Thune of South Dakota and Sens. Roy Blunt, Missouri, Richard Shelby, Alabama, John Cornyn, Texas, Rob Portman, Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia.
“The Republican Senate needs new leadership,” Trump said, adding that for a long time he has doubted McConnell’s ability to lead his caucus, especially under such pressures.
“Mitch is not the guy, not the right guy, he’s not doing the job,” he said. He gave [Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and his Democrats], a lifeline. It’s more than that. They were stuck in an impossible situation and needed to find a solution. “
“He had the weapon and he was able to use it. “It’s shameful,” said the Palm Beach Republican. It’s not good that this happened today. This was a huge mistake. “
The former president also addressed President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling the ongoing situation “the single most embarrassing thing to happen to our country, maybe in its history. “
He also voiced concern that Russia and China – the latter of which borders Afghanistan – will be able to, with the help of the Taliban, deconstruct and summarily reconstruct the billions of dollars worth of U.S. military equipment Biden left behind.
“It looked like a total surrender,” he said.
Later in the interview, Hannity asked the former president about the continually intensifying border crisis, through which hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens have egressed unimpeded into the United States across the Rio Grande.
Trump replied that for a government to be so weak in response to such a chaotic and illegal situation, some officials must not have the same patriotism as others.
“All they [had] to do was leave [the border] alone,” he said. The wall was nearly complete [and] but you couldn’t see drugs. The lowest level of drugs was reached, in particular Fentanyl which can be a very dangerous drug. The drug was stopped at an unprecedented level, something we hadn’t seen for a while. “
“Now it’s coming in at levels that we have never seen: three, four, five times more than we ever had coming in… There’s something wrong,” Trump continued. You wouldn’t believe that someone doesn’t love America.
“When they allow this to happen to our country, we have hundreds of thousands of people pouring in every two weeks. “
Trump surmised that Central American nations, in particular, are “emptying their prisons into the United States” as the Biden administration refuses to vet many of the illegal alien migrants for criminal or terrorist ties.
“Some of the toughest people on earth are being dumped into the United States because they don’t want them. They don’t want to take care of them for the next 40 years. They are some of the most dangerous prisoners anywhere and are now being brought to the USA for our care. They are doing what? He said, “They are destroying the country.”