- Trump almost scuttled the financial aid deal his administration brokered out of spite for McConnell.
- The episode was detailed in “The Divider,” a brand new e book obtained by Insider forward of its launch.
- Trump is indignant with McConnell for not supporting his lies that the 2020 election was stolen.
Former President Donald Trump almost sank a $900 billion coronavirus rescue package deal over the defiance of then-Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell in late 2020, in response to a forthcoming e book by Peter Baker of the New York Occasions and Susan Glasser of the New Yorker.
Trump turned livid with McConnell for accepting the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election and calling it a finished deal. However Trump has doubled down on his lies that he gained the election, difficult the outcomes publicly and in court docket and lashing out at anybody who disagrees with him.
The targets of Trump’s frustration apparently included McConnell. After a grueling stretch of Christmas negotiations on Capitol Hill that produced a federal COVID-19 rescue plan with $600 stimulus checks, Trump threatened to scrap the plan except there have been $2,000 stimulus funds for many People. It stunned Washington essentially the most, provided that the Trump administration helped craft the laws behind closed doorways.
“The veto menace was a blow to Mitch McConnell, who drew the president’s ire for declaring the election over,” Baker and Glasser wrote in “The Divider,” obtained by Insider forward of its Sept. 20 publication. “Demanding $2,000 in funds, Trump accepts proposal lengthy opposed by McConnell Republicans”.
A spokesman for McConnell declined to remark.
The laws was in limbo for 2 days till David Perdue — then a Republican senator from Georgia locked in a decent race — visited Mar-a-Lago on Christmas Day. He requested Trump to signal the invoice.
“If you happen to do not signal this invoice, I will lose,” Perdue advised Trump, as he advised a colleague, Baker and Glasser reported. Trump relented and signed it, ending the deadlock.
The long-running political feud between McConnell and Trump exhibits no indicators of fading anytime quickly. Trump has repeatedly attacked McConnell and known as on Republican senators to take away him as the highest Senate Republican. McConnell, for his half, has solely sporadically criticized Trump and mentioned he would assist him if Trump have been the Republican nominee in 2024.