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Trump berates McConnell for ‘jeopardizing’ GOP electoral prospects over the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, says the leader should attend the bill signing

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill on November 3, 2021.

  • Former President Trump once again blasted McConnell for his support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
  • The former president mocked the GOP leader, saying that he should attend the signing ceremony.
  • McConnell previously said that he couldn’t attend the ceremony, which will be held on Monday at the White House.

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday poked at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, writing in a statement that the GOP lawmaker should attend the White House signing ceremony for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

McConnell, who voted for the legislation and recently called it “a godsend” for the Bluegrass State, was one of 19 Senate Republicans who joined all 50 of the upper chamber’s Democrats in passing the bill in August.

Earlier this month, the House voted 228-206 to pass the bill, which will soon become one of Biden’s signature legislative achievements once signed into law.

The funding appropriated for physical infrastructure projects in the bill will impact legions of transportation projects across the country, which led to one of the rare instances when the debate over a large spending bill didn’t devolve into the legislation falling apart.

However, the GOP leader said that he would not attend the White House ceremony on Monday, citing his schedule.

“I’ve got other things I’ve got to do other than go to the signing ceremony,” McConnell said during an interview with Kentucky radio station WHAS last week.

Trump took the opportunity to blast his onetime ally and current political nemesis.

“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. It gives Biden and the Democrats a victory just as they were falling off the cliff,” the former president 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 has not spoken with Trump in months, especially after the veteran lawmaker excoriated the former president’s January 6-related conduct, saying that the former president was “practically and morally responsible” for the insurrection.

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