Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, didn’t respond to a question at the Capitol about Mr. Trump‘s criticism of him, which was delivered during a Republican National Committee donor retreat in Florida over the weekend.
“It’s in everybody’s best interest, I think, including the former President if he wants to continue to stay viable politically to help us win the majority in 2022,” Mr. Thune told reporters. “And that means working with Senate Republicans and not against them.”
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeted of the dust-up: “President Trump is reported to have referred to Senator McConnell on Saturday as a ‘dumb SOB.’ As all of my colleagues in the Senate know, this is not true. He’s a very smart SOB.”
“Did he ever say thank you to me?” the former president said “No. I hired his wife [as transportation secretary]. Did he ever say thank you to me? No.”
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