Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE slammed Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (R-Ky.) in a statement Saturday, saying the Senate minority leader should attend the White House signing ceremony for the bipartisan infrastructure package passed by the House on Nov. 5.
McConnell has touted the infrastructure bill in his home state and was one of 19 Senate Republicans to vote to pass it in August.
However, McConnell said he will not attend the White House signing ceremony for the bill.
“Mitch McConnell has stated that he will not go to the signing of the ‘Non-Infrastructure’ Bill (only 11% for real Infrastructure) or, as it is sometimes called, the Elect Democrats in 2022/24 Act,” Trump said in a statement.
“Based on the fact that the Old Crow convinced many Republican Senators to vote for the Bill, greatly jeopardizing their chance of winning re-election, and that he led the way, he should go to the signing and put up with the scorn from Great Republican Patriots that are already lambasting him,” he added.
McConnell said he would not go to the signing ceremony because he has “other things I've got to do.”
Trump and McConnell were allies during the former president’s tenure, but their relationship soured after McConnell congratulated President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE for winning the presidency in December 2020.
McConnell later lambasted Trump for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, saying the former president was "practically and morally responsible" for it.
In his statement, Trump said McConnell has given a “lifeline” to Democrats for the 2022 midterm elections.
“It gives Biden and the Democrats a victory just as they were falling off the cliff,” Trump said. “Our Country is being destroyed while Mitch McConnell gives lifelines to those who are destroying it!”