Former President Donald Trump continues to make it clear he is no fan of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after making a call for McConnell's removal from his GOP leadership role.
"The party is furious with him," Trump told "The John Fredericks Show" on Thursday. "We have to put up with him for a period of time, but eventually, he'll be gone.
"He'll be gone. He's bad news."
Trump called for McConnell's ouster as leader "immediately" last week, but is not apparently ready to accept he will remain Senate leader at least until the new senators are sworn in come January, needing McConnell's fundraising for candidates in these midterms through the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF).
"Who would've known that he turned out so bad?" Trump added. "He's not good and we're going to go through him. And then we'll have to do something later on. We'll have to do something with him. You know, he raises money, and he hands it out to senators, and that's how he keeps his power."
McConnell's SLF pulled roughly $8 million in ad buys from the Arizona Senate race for September, a race that Trump-endorsed Blake Masters has a chance at flipping the seat of incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz.
McConnell has influence over the SLF coffers, but Trump recalls McConnell once asked him for help to win reelection against Democrat Amy McGrath in Kentucky.
"He's such a negative for the party," Trump said of McConnell. "He's a guy that — I'm embarrassed to tell you — he was losing to somebody named Amy McGrath in Kentucky. I did very well in Kentucky as you know, by a lot."
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