Former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE said in a new interview that Republicans need "stronger" and "better" leadership than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive issues that will define the months until the midterms Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE (R-Ky.).
“I think we need better leadership than Mitch McConnell and stronger leadership," Trump said while appearing on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe" podcast.
"I mean, he can't rein in his own people. We have the Mitt Romneys of the world and, you know, the Ben Sasses of the world. These are not good for the Republican Party,” the former president added, referring to Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai MORE (R-Utah) and Ben SasseBen SasseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay CBO releases cost estimate of Biden plan Real conservatives must make a choice MORE (R-Neb.).
McConnell, who aligned with Trump while he was in the Oval Office, appeared to break with the former president after the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol breach. McConnell said in February that Trump was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day." The senator also left open the possibility that Trump, who was impeached over his role in the riot but acquitted in a Senate trial, could face civil or criminal charges.
Trump fired back in a statement calling McConnell a "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.”
However, the minority leader later said he would "absolutely" back Trump if he ran for presidency again in 2024.
Trump also said on the podcast that he doesn't want to talk to McConnell.
"Look, he's hanging by a thread right now with respect to the filibuster. And if they get the filibuster, he's hanging on [Democratic Sen.] Joe ManchinJoe ManchinKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill MORE, who always goes with the Democrats," Trump said.
He also said that Republicans could "not show up" in order to prevent any vote on the parliamentary procedure.
"If the Republicans don't show up, in other words, there's no vote, as I understand, in a 50-50 Senate, as I understand it the vice presidential vote doesn't count in that case. So they can't get that through."
Senators are required to attend sessions in the Senate unless they are excused. If a quorum, or minimum amount of senators needed, is not reached, then the Senate may direct the sergeant-at-arms to ask or compel absent senators to attend a session, according to Senate rules.
McConnell has spoken out against the move to eliminate the filibuster, warning it could lead to dire consequences.
“Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin, can even begin, to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said on the Senate floor last week.