McConnell pitching memoir…and mixed messages on Trump

June 1, 2016

mcconnell.jpgSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not agree with the view that Republicans will lose the party if Donald Trump is elected president.

“He’s not going to change the platform of the Republican Party, the views of the Republican Party,” McConnell told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” on Wednesday. “I think we’re much more likely to change him because if he is president, he’s going to have to deal with sort of the right-of-center world, which is where most of us are.”

McConnell is currently on a book tour for “The Long Game: A Memoir,” and also on Wednesday was on NPR discussing politics and Trump’s policies, where he said of Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.: “It’s a very bad idea.”

On Tuesday, he told Business Insider that he thought Trump should release his tax returns.

Generally, McConnell has thrown his support behind Trump, though a number of Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have not pledged their unqualified endorsement of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

McConnell said in the CNBC interview that he does not agree with many of the things Trump has said, but added that he believes the country needs a new direction. He said the Constitution has the ability to keep Trump in check: “I do think that the Constitution and the traditions of this county constrain all of us — those of us in Congress and those of us in the White House — from some of our impulses, shall I say, that we’d like to pursue.”

McConnell added that he would like to see “a more thoughtful Trump” who sticks to a script to outline specific policy points.

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