Trump wishes his rival Mitch McConnell ‘well’ after his fall at DC Waldorf Astoria and hopes he returns ‘strong’, although he ‘disagrees with almost everything he does’
- Former President Trump made his first remarks after the fall of McConnell
- He said that he would certainly like to see him recover despite the disagreements.
- Trump to publish correspondence in new book Letters to Trump
Former President Donald Trump is expressing good wishes to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who fell and hit his head Wednesday night at the Waldorf Astoria, the rebranded former Trump hotel in Washington DC.
Trump commented on McConnell, whom he has clashed with repeatedly since Jan. 6 and with whom he has not spoken in court, shortly after it was revealed that the powerful Republican leader suffered a concussion from his fall.
Trump was initially reticent when asked about the man who has become a major political nemesis. ‘No, I do not know. I heard it from several people, but I don’t know. I don’t know the severity of this at all,’ he said on a call with a handful of reporters to discuss his new book. Letters to Trump.
When asked for a statement, he responded: “Well, I don’t disagree with almost everything he does, but I do wish he would get right.” I want it to be okay. I want it to be okay. And then he comes back and be strong.
“I don’t agree with almost everything he does, but I certainly would like to see him get better,” Trump, former President Donald Trump, said of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who fell at the former Trump hotel.
Trump continued: ‘It looks like it fell off quite a bit. And it looks like he took a big fall. And I hope he’s okay. I hope he gets better quickly. I wish him well. Looks like he took a big fall. I hope that he is okay. I hope he gets better quickly. I wish him well.
McConnell denounced Trump as responsible for the riots at the Capitol after January 6. In the past, Trump has attacked McConnell online as “cocaine Mitch” and called his wife, former Trump cabinet member Elaine Chao, a “coco chow.”
In a fiery speech last week, Trump slammed McConnell as a “China-loving politician,” during remarks in which he told conservative activists: “I am his retribution.”
“Leader McConnell tripped at dinner Wednesday night and has been admitted to hospital and is being treated for a concussion,” his communications director David Popp said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (pictured Tuesday) tripped and fell at a hotel on Wednesday and was hospitalized; he has a concussion and will be in the hospital for a ‘few days’
The former president will include letters he received from presidents, royals including the late Princess Diana, world leaders, celebrities and business executives in his new book, called ‘Letters to Trump’ (pictured)
McConnell was attending a fundraiser for his leadership PAC at the Waldorf, formerly the Trump Hotel
The Waldorf Astoria, in the same historic federal building developed as a hotel by the Trump Organization, was a hive of Republican activity during the Trump administration.
He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment. The Leader thanks the medical professionals for their care and his colleagues for their warm wishes.’
McConnell, 81, was hosting a dinner for his Senate Leadership Fund at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in downtown Washington, DC when he was in the accident.
The hotel hosted a variety of major Republican events when it was named after Trump while Trump was in the White House. The Trump Organization sold the lease on the property amid the pandemic after Trump left the White House, making a huge profit.
Trump’s book contains letters from figures ranging from Barack Obama to Queen Elizabeth II to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.