Trump: Gowdy's Benghazi hearings a 'total disaster'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE says Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyControversial ‘hack back’ bill gains supporters despite critics Top Oversight Dem pushes back on Uranium One probe Overnight Cybersecurity: Manafort, Gates to remain under house arrest | Mueller said to be closing in on Flynn | 'Hack back' bill gains steam | Election security gets attention from DHS MORE (R-S.C.), who is expected to endorse Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul MORE (R-Fla.) for president this week, was a “total disaster” as chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

“I hope [Gowdy] does a better job than he did, frankly, at the Benghazi hearings, because they were a total disaster,” Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, said Sunday morning on “Fox and Friends,” according to the Washington Examiner.

Gowdy presided over the testimony of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE, who was secretary of State at the time of the 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The hearing was widely regarded as a victory for Clinton, a Democratic presidential hopeful.

“[Gowdy] did not win those hearings,” Trump said. “It was not good for Republicans and for the country.”

“I hope he does a lot better for Marco than he did with the Benghazi hearings,” he added.

The Republican primary front-runner also retweeted several followers on Sunday who criticized Gowdy for how he handled Clinton’s testimony.

“My prediction on the Trey Gowdy endorsement of Rubio is that it will do nothing for Rubio and finish Gowdy,” said one follower whom Trump retweeted.

The Rubio campaign announced on Saturday that Gowdy will attend several town halls with Rubio in Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The three-term South Carolina lawmaker is expected to endorse Rubio at some point during the tour.