Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNegotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms States begin removing Capitol's Confederate statues on their own Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Ky.) early Sunday did not answer directly when asked if he thinks presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE is qualified to be president, saying the “American people” will decide.

McConnell said on ABC’s “This Week” that although Trump has “made a number of mistakes” in recent weeks, his campaign is “beginning to right the ship.”


“It's a long time until November,” McConnell said when asked about poll numbers that show a majority of Americans don’t think Trump is qualified to be president.

“And the burden, obviously, will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job,” he added.

McConnell said recent changes to the Trump campaign are a “good step in the right direction.”

“He's beginning to use a prepared script more often, which I think is absolutely appropriate for any candidate, whether you're a longtime politician like [presumptive Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  MORE or whether you're new to the game like Donald Trump,” he added.

When pressed on whether he thinks Trump is qualified, McConnell said he will “leave that to the American people to decide.”

“You know, he won the Republican nomination fair and square. He got more votes than anybody else against a whole lot of well-qualified candidates. And so our primary voters have made their decision as to who they want to be the nominee,” he said.

“The American people will be able to make that decision in the fall.”