Mitch McConnell suggests Trump ‘unlikely’ to be president after hosting anti-semite

Washington: The top two Republicans in the US Congress have broken their silence about former President Donald Trump’s dinner last week with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, saying the Republican Party has no place for antisemitism or white supremacy.

Senator Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and Representative Kevin McCarthy, may become the speaker of the US House of Representatives if Republicans take control in January. They had not previously commented on the November 22 meeting.

After the weekly Republican caucus luncheon in Washington DC, Mitch McConnell speaks at a news conference.Credit:Bloomberg

Trump began his 2024 bid for the White House on November 15, and is Republican voters’ top choice, according to opinion polls.

“There is no room in the Republican Party for antisemitism or white supremacy, and anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States,” McConnell told reporters without mentioning Trump by name.

“That would apply to all of the leaders in the party who will be seeking offices,” McConnell added, when asked if he would support Trump should he become the party’s 2024 presidential nominee.

After talks with President Joe Biden, McCarthy was asked by reporters to share his thoughts about the Trump dinner.

“I don’t think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes,” said McCarthy, currently the House minority leader. “His views are nowhere within the Republican Party or within this country itself.”

Trump claims that the encounter at Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, was accidental. But, fellow Republicans have been harsh about the meeting, with some accusing Trump of empowering extremism.

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