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McConnell says fighting Trump’s influence over GOP foreign policy is ‘the most important thing’ he’s doing now

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meets with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in July 2020.

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Mitch McConnell said fighting for the future of the GOP is the most important thing he’s doing now.
McConnell told Politico that he does not want to “redefine” what it means to be a Republican.
Trump and the Senate’s top Republicans are at primarily odds over US aid to Ukraine.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to concede in his fight over the Republican Party’s direction, pushing for a Reagan-esque foreign policy and against President Donald Trump’s more isolationist approach.

McConnell told Politico that he views this fight over the GOP’s future as the most important thing happening right now that he may still be able to influence.

“There are those who are trying to redefine what a Republican is — I’m not in that group,” McConnell told Politico’s Jonathan Martin. “And so this is, I think, an important point for the futuparty’s futured given my place in my career at this point, this is the most important thing going on that I might be able to have some impact on.”

The expansive interview occurred a week before McConnell froze up during a news conference, raising questions about his age and standing. Martin describes McConnell’s push as one of the final pieces the powerinfluentialte GOP leader wants to add to his legacy. 

McConnell has been a stout proponent of US support for Ukraine during Russia’s war, a position that puts him at odds with Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and a large chunk of the Republican House that has questioned the tens of billions Americans have sent since the start of the large-scale invasion.

“I think, and this got me attacked by Tucker Carlson back when he was still on his show, I think the most important thing going on internationally right now is the Ukraine war,” McConnell said.

Trump and McConnell have long had a complicated relationship. According to Politico, McConnell privately told Finnish President Sauli Niinistö that Trump “redefined narcissism” during a meeting last year. Part of McConnell’s push against a Trump-backed foreign policy is a broad defense of NATO and the military alliance’s expansion into Finland and Sweden.

A spokesperson for the former president did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Since leaving office, Trump has repeatedly attacked McConnell and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is McConnell’s wife. Together, Trump and McConnell teamed up to usher in a bid to reshape the federal judiciary, including the confirmation of three Supreme Court justices that have been instrumental in gutting abortion rights, expanding gun rights, and curtailing affirmative action. But as Insider previously reported, Trump’s role in instigating the January 6 Capitol riot shattered any remaining ties between the pair.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meets with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in July 2020.

Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

Mitch McConnell said fighting for the future of the GOP is the most important thing he’s doing now.
McConnell told Politico that he does not want to “redefine” what it means to be a Republican.
Trump and the Senate’s top Republicans are at primarily odds over US aid to Ukraine.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to concede in his fight over the Republican Party’s direction, pushing for a Reagan-esque foreign policy and against President Donald Trump’s more isolationist approach.

McConnell told Politico that he views this fight over the GOP’s future as the most important thing happening right now that he may still be able to influence.

“There are those who are trying to redefine what a Republican is — I’m not in that group,” McConnell told Politico’s Jonathan Martin. “And so this is, I think, an important point for the futuparty’s futured given my place in my career at this point, this is the most important thing going on that I might be able to have some impact on.”

The expansive interview occurred a week before McConnell froze up during a news conference, raising questions about his age and standing. Martin describes McConnell’s push as one of the final pieces the powerinfluentialte GOP leader wants to add to his legacy. 

McConnell has been a stout proponent of US support for Ukraine during Russia’s war, a position that puts him at odds with Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and a large chunk of the Republican House that has questioned the tens of billions Americans have sent since the start of the large-scale invasion.

“I think, and this got me attacked by Tucker Carlson back when he was still on his show, I think the most important thing going on internationally right now is the Ukraine war,” McConnell said.

Trump and McConnell have long had a complicated relationship. According to Politico, McConnell privately told Finnish President Sauli Niinistö that Trump “redefined narcissism” during a meeting last year. Part of McConnell’s push against a Trump-backed foreign policy is a broad defense of NATO and the military alliance’s expansion into Finland and Sweden.

A spokesperson for the former president did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Since leaving office, Trump has repeatedly attacked McConnell and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is McConnell’s wife. Together, Trump and McConnell teamed up to usher in a bid to reshape the federal judiciary, including the confirmation of three Supreme Court justices that have been instrumental in gutting abortion rights, expanding gun rights, and curtailing affirmative action. But as Insider previously reported, Trump’s role in instigating the January 6 Capitol riot shattered any remaining ties between the pair.

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