On Thursday, McConnell told Fox News’s Bret Baier that if Trump were the nominee, he would “absolutely” support him, just weeks after Trump released an excoriating statement against the Kentucky Republican.
McConnell denied accusations of there being an internal war within the GOP, between the lawmakers who tie themselves to Trump and those who want to move on from the brash former president, and took a more establishment position.
“I think the Biden administration is making it easy for us to get together,” McConnell said. “I think we’ve unified in opposition to this new administration’s extremely progressive approach.”
Trump, who is set to speak at CPAC this weekend, recently referred to McConnell as a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” in a statement released by his Save America PAC.
The former president called out McConnell after the lawmaker tied Trump to the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, resulting in the deaths of five people.
Trump was later impeached by the Democratic-led House on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” regarding the riot, but he was acquitted by the Senate.
When asked if McConnell has any words of advice for Trump when he makes his speech on Sunday, the leader quickly dismissed the question.
“I don’t have any advice to give the former president about where he should speak or what he should say,” McConnell said.
Trump’s appearance at CPAC will be his first major public appearance since he left office last month. Since departing the Oval Office, Trump has only appeared on cable TV to comment about the death of Rush Limbaugh and the car crash that left golfer Tiger Woods hospitalized.
Little details have been released about Trump’s speech at CPAC, which is themed “America Uncanceled.” The former president, however, is expected to attack President Biden and possibly tease a potential 2024 presidential run, according to a person familiar with the speech who spoke with the Hill.
Trump is also expected to make it clear that he will not retire from politics and will remain active throughout the 2022 midterm elections.