Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has never been a big fan of former President Donald Trump, but now it appears he is not a fan of his supporters either.
The senator said, after his trip to Ukraine, that he is motivated to squash a “pretty small group” of isolationist members of Congress and Senate who are “somewhat encouraged by the former president,” The Washington Examiner reported.
In an interview on Thursday, he said he planned to “push back … against the isolationist sentiment in my own party.”
“And [Biden] agreed that that makes sense,” the senator revealed, showing that he and President Joe Biden are working together in his plan to squash Republican dissent.
“I want to reinforce with the Europeans after some loose talk during the Trump years about whether NATO is important, that at least at the moment, the most important Republican we currently have in Congress has a different point of view,” the senator said.
“This is not a major schism. It’s a small isolationist group, somewhat encouraged by the former president. But it’s not widely held among Republicans in Congress, and I don’t think among the public in general,” he said.
A package that gave another $40 billion in aid to Ukraine passed the Senate by a vote of 86-11, with some in the Republican Party questioning where the oversight of the funds was and others questioning why the United States was spending so much more than Europe.
“Spending $40 billion on Ukraine aid – more than three times what all of Europe has spent combined – is not in America’s interests. It neglects priorities at home (the border), allows Eur…