Trump: Gowdy's Benghazi hearings a 'total disaster'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE says Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTrey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor Congress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe MORE (R-S.C.), who is expected to endorse Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans 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 ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea 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.