Donald Trump is reportedly searching for a new Senate minority leader on Sept. 19.
The former president hopes to find a new replacement for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take over as the Republican Party’s most influential person.
Sources familiar with the situation revealed Trump recently spoke with senators and allies about potentially removing the Senate minority leader. He also enquired if any Republicans were interested in taking his place, according to the Wall Street Journal.
However, lawmakers and aides suspect there is lackluster enthusiasm for the prospect. BL understands this is due to the risk of further dividing the Republican Party. Whether the discussions are true remains unclear.
“We need good leadership, Mitch McConnell has not done a great job [and] I think they should change Mitch McConnell,” Trump said during April according to The Hill.
McConnell used to be one of the previous president’s most powerful allies during the Trump administration. However, a rift quickly divided the two after the senator blamed Trump for the Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
“There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day–no question about it,” McConnell said at the time. “People that stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”
Trump separately criticized the Senate minority leader for joining some Republicans in supporting the Democrat-led infrastructure bill.
“Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed,” he said in an earlier statement. “He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow.”
“I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics–now I do not have to be quiet anymore,” he added.
Despite these concerns Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) doubts the former president will be able to oust the Senate GOP leader.
“I just do not realistically see that happening,” he said.