Biden Responds To McConnell’s Plan To Step Down as GOP Leader

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( – President Joe Biden expressed regret upon learning of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to relinquish his leadership role, commending McConnell for his integrity throughout their interactions. According to Biden, while the two of them have fought in the past, he has trusted the GOP leader because he has “never misrepresented anything.” 

McConnell, in a Senate floor address on Wednesday, February 28, disclosed his intention to depart from his leadership position come November, though he intends to fulfill his term as a member of Congress until January 2027.

Biden, aged 81, and McConnell, aged 82, have been known to negotiate significant agreements and find mutual understanding on various legislative matters. A notable instance of their collaboration was in 2011 when they brokered a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts temporarily and elevate the debt ceiling, thereby averting a potential default.

Just a day prior to his announcement, McConnell was at the White House, engaging with the other three congressional leaders on matters of government funding.

Biden had previously shown concern for McConnell after an incident in August during a public engagement in Kentucky, where McConnell momentarily became unresponsive. Biden reassured the public about McConnell’s competency, remarking that he appeared to be “his old self.”

According to a report from The Hill, McConnell has not come forward to publicly support former President Trump, Biden’s anticipated opponent in the upcoming November election. McConnell was one of the Republicans who voted to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial after the Capitol riot in 2021. However, he accused Trump at the time of causing the incident, and the relationship between the two has been strained in the last several years.

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