Senator Lindsey Graham told Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday that Kentucky Republicans must have a “working relationship” with former President Donald Trump to remain a GOP leader in the upper house of Congress.
Trump’s trusted ally, Graham (R-SC), told Acesparks chief Sean Hannite who should be the next Senate Republican leader to reach an agreement with the 45th president, who Graham had predicted would win the White House again in 2024.
“The election is about the future,” Graham said. “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or Senate, you have to have a working relationship with President Donald Trump.”
Graham continued to praise Trump, calling him “the most important Republican after Ronald Reagan,” and the 2024 GOP nominee said “he… if he wants to”.
Trump has not yet announced whether he will run for the White House again, but he mocked the final decision after the November midterm elections.
“But the question is, can Senator McConnell work effectively with Republican leader Donald Trump?” Asked Graham. “I’m not voting to show the difference between us and the Liberal Democrats, who can’t work with President Trump, who can’t work as a team, who can’t set the agenda for America in the first place. [and] follow the case for Trump policy. ”
“Because if you can’t do that, you’re going to fail,” he added.
McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
McConnell, who has chaired the Republican Conference in the Senate since 2007, has been condemned by Trump in recent months as a “disaster” and a “broken old crow.”
Last month, the 45th president demanded that Republicans in the Senate have a new leadership after accusing McConnell of allowing Democrats to accept a $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure project.
“Mitch McConnell is a disaster. Republicans need to get a new leader. Mitch McConnell allowed it. “The infrastructure bill, I call it‘ infrastructure ’, not infrastructure,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo on Acesparks ’Sunday Morning Futures.
That same month, Trump criticized McConnell for not using the federal debt ceiling as a tool against President Biden’s social spending agenda.
“Broken old crow Mitch McConnell acknowledged a strong negotiating block of the debt ceiling for no reason and no reason, which was the Republicans’ first ticket to victory over the Democrats, ”Trump said in an email. .
“He was afraid to play this card, even though they would no doubt have been fully involved in the Restoration of Evil bill, which would have destroyed the fabric of our country and anything else Republicans wanted.”
McConnell also did not shy away from criticizing the former president, saying last year that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly riots at the Capitol.