Trump Ordered To Stay Away From McConnell?

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( – Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) has advised that former  President Donald Trump should not involve himself in the Senate leadership race following the announcement of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that he will be stepping down from his position in November.

Last week’s announcement from McConnell had surprised many of his party’s members. The Senate GOP has now found itself discussing the possible choices to succeed McConnell, with Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and John Thune (R-S.D.) having expressed that they would be participating in the race for the position. 

Mullin, who belongs to Thune’s whip team, has already stated that he would be supporting Thune in his attempt to win the leadership position. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he had been asked whether he was worried about the possibility that Trump could torpedo the South Dakota Senators bid. In response, Mullin argued that he was unsure if that would occur but proceeded to push Trump to not get involved in the race. 

He added that he and Trump had a good conversation last week in which he had advised Trump that he should stay out of the race because it would be a “lose-lose situation” regardless of what ended up happening if he ended up joining the race. 

He said that Trump needed to collaborate with whoever ended up winning the position and that whatever leader was there was going to understand that they had to work with Trump. He added that it was not in Trump’s best interest to involve himself in the race but that if he opted to do it, it would make a large difference in the race. 

Thune has slammed Trump in the past but still opted to express his endorsement for the former President in the 2024 presidential race ahead of the announcement made by McConnell. 

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