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Liz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE (Wyo.) said on Monday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' On The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal McConnell: 'Good chance' of deal with Biden on infrastructure MORE (R-Ky.) are the leaders of the Republican Party, appearing to push back on former President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's ambitions to maintain control over the GOP.

Cheney, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, made the remarks while at the House Republicans’ policy retreat in Florida after a reporter asked her what role she would like to see Trump take in the 2022 primaries as the GOP seeks to regain a majority in the House.

"I think right now, the Republican Party is headed by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the House. I think our elected leaders, you know, are the ones who are in charge of the Republican Party," Cheney said.

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"And I think as we look at '22 and '24, we're very much going to be focused on substance and on the issues," Cheney continued. "And I think that's where you got to attract back the voters that we lost in 2020, by conveying to them that, in fact, you know, we are the party that they can trust. We're the party of competence and of conservative principles."

Last week, Cheney said she hadn't invited Trump when asked if the former president would be making an appearance at the retreat.

Trump has vowed to endorse any primary challenger to Cheney in an apparent form of retribution for her vote to impeach him. He was ultimately acquitted in a Senate trial.

Cheney's vote sparked a slew of Republican infighting, with many lawmakers calling for her to be removed as conference chair. Embattled Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBuckingham Palace requests 'Trump Train' remove image of queen from bus Kinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Federal investigators seeking cooperation from former Gaetz girlfriend, second key witness: CNN MORE (R-Fla.) traveled to Wyoming to take part in an anti-Cheney rally. Soon after her vote, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to censure her.

However, many other GOP lawmakers have stood by Cheney, including McConnell.

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It was reported last week that shortly after Cheney voted to impeach Trump, multiple male Republican lawmakers lined up to criticize her at a conference meeting.

Rep. Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanGOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit' Liz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP Female Republicans 'horrified' by male GOP lawmaker's description of Cheney: report MORE (R-S.C.) reportedly criticized Cheney for her "defiant attitude," while Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyLiz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP Female Republicans 'horrified' by male GOP lawmaker's description of Cheney: report GOP lawmakers raise concerns about child tax credit expansion MORE (R-Pa.) purportedly compared the congresswoman to a "girlfriend" at a football game.

Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockInfluential Republicans threaten to form new party GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Likely Cheney successor appears on Bannon show to tout GOP unity MORE (R-Va.) told The New York Times that she was "horrified" by Kelly's comment.