Trump: Gowdy's Benghazi hearings a 'total disaster'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE says Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyGowdy: Sarah Sanders doesn't get say whether Comey broke the law Trump condemns Rice's unmasking: 'What she did was wrong' Sessions, Coats push for permanent renewal of controversial surveillance law MORE (R-S.C.), who is expected to endorse Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration 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 ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain 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.