Trump says there are ‘a lot of good choices’ to replace McConnell as Senate GOP leader

Former President Trump said there are “a lot of good options” to replace Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as Republican Senate leader, but declined to say who he would prefer.

“I hear he’s not going to be a leader, but he’s taken that step and a lot of people are calling me a politician for that job,” Trump said after speaking from the southern border. .

In his opening remarks about McConnell’s decision to step down as leader in November, he said, “People were surprised by this, but everything will be fine and we will ultimately have a great leader.” I will,” he added.

Asked who he hoped would replace McConnell, Trump demurred.

“Well, you can’t say that. There are a lot of good options,” he added.

Politico reported that Trump has privately encouraged Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), the head of the Senate Republican campaign arm, to run to replace McConnell.

Senate Republican Leader John Thune, former Senate Republican Leader John Cornyn of Texas, and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming are expected to vie for the top spot.

It is notable that Trump did not attack McConnell, who he has relentlessly criticized since leaving the White House. Trump has previously called McConnell an “old crow” and criticized him for allowing Democratic legislation to pass Congress, while also attacking his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, with racist language. I have done it before.

Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell’s aides are working behind the scenes to pave the way for Mr. McConnell to support Mr. Trump in November’s presidential election.

McConnell passed the late Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.) in January 2023 to become the longest-serving Senate leader in history.

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