WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a rare mea culpa, saying he mistakenly accused the Obama administration of not leaving a plan for President Donald Trump on how to deal with a pandemic.
“I was wrong,” McConnell told Fox News Thursday. “They did leave behind a plan. So, I clearly made a mistake in that regard.”
McConnell was referring to remarks he made Monday to President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, during a Trump reelection campaign livestream. Referring to the coronavirus crisis, he told Lara Trump that the Obama administration "did not leave any kind of game plan for something like this."
During Monday's campaign appearance, the Kentucky Republican also slammed recent comments from former President Barack Obama for describing the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as an "absolute chaotic disaster." Obama's remarks, made on a private call to supporters, were leaked to the media.
Obama, who has otherwise largely refrained from critiquing his successor's actions during the coronavirus crisis, also reportedly blamed the "anemic and spotty" response on a "mindset" in the Trump administration of "what's in it for me, and to heck with everyone else."
During Monday's Trump campaign event, McConnell said the former president whom he often clashed with "should have kept his mouth shut" on the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"You know, we know he doesn't like much this administration is doing," McConnell told Lara Trump. "That's understandable. But I think it's a little bit classless, frankly, to critique an administration that comes after you."
Contributing: Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal