Trump friend: President should 'rethink' attacks on McConnell

A friend of President Trump on Sunday defended Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFEC flags McConnell campaign over suspected accounting errors Poll: 59 percent think president elected in November should name next Supreme Court justice Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly' MORE after Trump's attacks on the Kentucky Republican in recent weeks.

"I think he should rethink the attacks on Sen. McConnell," Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, said on ABC's "This Week."

"I think he's a strong conservative."

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Ruddy pointed to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as the president's biggest accomplishment.

"And it was Sen. McConnell that pushed that through. He's got very strong support in the Senate," Ruddy said.

Trump has gone after McConnell in recent weeks.

Last week, Trump prodded McConnell for failing to replace ObamaCare.

“The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed! That should NEVER have happened!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. 

Trump had previously struck back at McConnell for the Senate majority leader's public criticisms about the president's "excessive expectations."

A New York Times report last week said McConnell has expressed concern about whether Trump can move past the controversies and get his presidency back on track.