At a campaign event in Las Vegas, Trump says he is partly responsible for McCarthy’s decision to drop his bid to become speaker.
They’re giving me a lot of credit for that because I said you really need someone very, very, tough and very smart. You know, smart goes with tough. I know tough people that aren’t smart. That’s the worst. We need smart, we need tough, we need the whole package.
Trump says he is not sure if McCarthy would make a good speaker, due to McCarthy’s comments about the Benghazi committee and its effect on Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.
Certainly he’s not off to a great start. I watched that (comment), actually, and I was a little surprised by it. … It would have been nice if he didn’t say it, certainly, because then there would be no dispute…I would like to see someone that’s very tough and that can negotiate with the Democrats, and I don’t know that he’s that person. We need somebody that’s a very, very tough, smart, cunning person. I don’t know that that’s him, and obviously this statement hurt him pretty badly in the eyes of some, unfortunately.
McCarthy says that he favors closing the bank in September when its charter expires and also said he believes the government does not need to be involved in financing exports. Other conservatives within the party also favor the closing saying they view it as a form of “crony capitalism.”
One of the biggest problems with government is they go and take hard-earned money so others do things that the private sector can do. That’s what the Ex-Im Bank does.
Following a decisive primary election victory over Eric Cantor last week, House Republicans promoted Carthy to majority leader behind closed doors today. McCarthy, along with Rep. Steve Scalise, elected as majority whip, hoped to make the House GOP more open and effective.
I’ll make one promise: I will work every single day to make sure this conference has the courage to lead with the wisdom to listen, and we’ll turn this country around.