Trump slams McConnell: 'Gave the Democrats everything they needed'
"He has all the cards to win, but not the 'guts' to play them," Trump wrote.
Former President Donald Trump slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Wednesday after the Kentucky senator reportedly caved to Democrat demands to raise the debt ceiling.
For several weeks, McConnell has been working with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to avoid a default.
Trump said McConnell's move was a "total victory for the Democrats."
Calling the senator an "old crow," Trump wrote that McConnell's "two-month extension, and the break up of the Bill into two parts, gave the Democrats everything they needed."
The House approved procedural legislation on Tuesday letting the Senate raise the nation's debt limit with 60 votes.
It is highly unlikely McConnell could whip up the 10 Republican votes required to support this measure. CNN reports that in order to get around this, McConnell and Schumer planned a new process that will allow the debt ceiling to be increased with only 51 votes. A new law for that process needs to be passed, and the issue is that it will probably require 60 votes to break a predicted GOP filibuster.
To increase Republican support for raising the debt limit, McConnell has also discussed tying it to the defense bill, which passed the House on Wednesday.
"We frequently have drama associated with this decision. But I can assure you the country will never default," McConnell said on Monday according to CNN.
The former president sees things differently. "The Dems would have folded completely if Mitch properly played his hand, and if not, the Debt Ceiling scenario would be far less destructive than the Bill that will get passed," he said.
"He has all the cards to win, but not the 'guts' to play them. Instead, he gives our Country away, just like he did with the two Senate seats in Georgia, and the Presidency itself. The Old Crow is a disaster!" Trump concluded.
This is not the first time McConnell and Trump have clashed. In February, Trump called McConnell "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack," while the senator said he thought Trump was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events" of Jan. 6. Last month the former president asked why "Old Crow Mitch McConnell voted for a terrible Democrat Socialist Infrastructure Plan."