Trump says he and Kevin McCarthy remain on good terms


Former President Donald Trump said in an interview on Friday that he and Kevin McCarthy remain on good terms – despite recent reports that the House Minority Leader planned to ask him to resign following the riot in the Capitol.

While admitting he wasn’t happy to hear McCarthy’s comments, Trump clarified their relationship in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, where he also said McCarthy ultimately never called him to ask. his resignation.

The former president said McCarthy resumed his support for Trump “when he found out the facts,” weeks after the Jan. 10, 2021 call between House Republicans.

“He phoned. I heard the call. I didn’t like the call,” the ex-president told the Mar-a-Lago newspaper.

“But almost immediately, as you know, because he came here and we took a picture right there – you know, the support was very strong,” he added, pointing to a spot in the room where Mr. McCarthy and Trump had posed for a photo together in late January, confirming the president’s leadership in the GOP.

Donald Trump said he and Kevin McCarthy (left) remain on good terms – despite reports that McCarthy planned to ask him to resign over the Capitol riot.
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“I think it’s all a big compliment, frankly,” Trump said of party members who criticized him after Jan. 6 but ultimately decided to support him. “They realized they were wrong and backed me up.”

In audio released Thursday, McCarthy can be heard talking with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and other Republicans on Jan. 10 about how the president should handle the fallout from the Jan. 6 events and the likelihood of a successful impeachment. .

“Now it’s a personal fear I have,” the minority leader says. “I don’t want to get into a conversation about pardoning Pence.”

“Again, the only discussions I would have with him is that I think it will pass, and it would be my recommendation that you resign,” he continues. “I mean that would be my point of view, but I don’t think he would take it – but I don’t know.”

Kevin McCarthy continued his support for Donald Trump when he found out, according to the former president.
Kevin McCarthy continued his support for Donald Trump when he found “the facts”, according to the former president.
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Rep. Liz Cheney could be heard on audio with Kevin McCarthy on Jan. 10 about how Trump should handle the fallout from the Jan. 6 events.
Rep. Liz Cheney could be heard on audio with Kevin McCarthy on Jan. 10 about how Trump should handle the fallout from the Jan. 6 events.
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McCarthy added that he didn’t think the president would listen to his advice, saying: “From what I know of him, I mean you all know him too – do you think he would ever back down? ” said McCarthy. “But what I think I’m going to do is I’m going to call him.”

McCarthy initially responded to the New York Times report by saying it was “totally untrue and misguided.” Hours later, the newspaper released the accompanying audio of their report, which also aired on MCNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” On Friday, more audio obtained by The New York Times was released, this time by CNN.

Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Friday denied leaking the audio to the press.

McCarthy has not spoken publicly about the audio since its release and reportedly spoke with the former president Thursday night, The Washington Post reported.

Supporters of Donald Trump stand on the United States Capitol Police Armored Vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Supporters of Donald Trump stand on the United States Capitol Police Armored Vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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In audio released Friday of a second call with GOP leaders on Jan. 11, McCarthy told colleagues that Trump “told me he had some responsibility for what happened,” on January 6, which Trump flatly denied on Friday.

” No it is wrong. I never claimed responsibility,” Mr. Trump said in the interview.

According to the Journal, McCarthy made phone calls to GOP colleagues confirming that he and Trump still have a good relationship.

Trump told the newspaper he would still support the House Minority Leader, who is currently being re-elected.

“Well, I don’t know anybody else who’s running and I think I had a really good relationship with him,” Trump told the Journal. “I love him. And aside from this brief period of time, I suspect he loves me very much.

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