Trump ignores Kevin McCarthy’s plea: ‘The support was very strong’

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday, former President Donald Trump ignored newly released audio of a phone call last year from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) saying that he was going to urge Trump to resign after the Jan 6. 2021, attack on the United States Capitol.

“He phoned. I heard the call. I didn’t like the call,” Trump told Journal White House reporter Alex Leary at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

“But almost immediately, as you know, because he came over here and we took a picture right there,” he added, pointing to a spot in a room at his golf resort, “you know, the support was very strong.”

McCarthy posed Jan. 28, 2021, with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in a widely circulated photo seen as a sign of peace between the two men.

He added: ‘I think it’s all a big compliment, frankly’ – noting that McCarthy and other Republicans who initially criticized him (including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell) have changed their minds.

“They realized they were wrong and backed me up,” he added.

Trump insisted McCarthy ultimately never pressed him to resign. He said McCarthy changed his mind “when he found out the facts” and fully supported him weeks after the phone call.

When asked if he still backed McCarthy for Speaker of the House if Republicans regain control of the House in November, Trump replied, “Well, I don’t know anybody else who’s running, and I think I had a very good relationship with him.”

He added: “I like him. And apart from this brief period of time, I suspect he likes me a lot.

McCarthy on Thursday denied a New York Times report that he told other lawmakers he would ask Trump to step down in the days following the U.S. Capitol riot. But the audio released by the Times proved he wasn’t telling the truth.

“The only discussion I would have with him is that I think [impeachment] will pass, and I would recommend that you resign,” McCarthy said during the Jan. 10, 2021, phone call with Republican leaders.

In new audio released Friday, McCarthy also said Trump accepted some responsibility for the violent attack on the Capitol, which was carried out by his supporters, who believed they could disrupt Congress’ certification of Electoral College votes and ultimately overturn the 2020 election. McCarthy also said on that call, “I got it with this guy.”

Trump denied to the Journal that he ever accepted any responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack, which began shortly after Trump told a rallying crowd to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell.”

” No it is wrong. I never claimed responsibility,” Trump said.


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