Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued Thursday night that Congress should address legislative agendas rather than focus on President Donald Trump’s comments about accepting foreign assistance in the 2020 election, Politico reported.
McConnell's comments came during an appearance with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Trump was featured in an interview segment by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and said “that if foreign agents were to offer dirt on an opponent in 2020, he would likely accept it and not report it to the FBI.”
This interview comes after two years of investigations on Trump’s connection to foreign interference in the 2016 election and drew widespread backlash across the political spectrum.
Many of Trump’s allies distanced themselves from his comments. Texas Senator John Cornyn said: “I’d rather just have Americans participate in American elections.”
On the contrary, the senate majority leader is defending him. McConnell pointed to the number of criticisms the president faces daily and added, “but the fundamental point is that [Democrats] are trying to keep the 2016 election alive and the investigation alive when the American people have heard enough.”