McConnell Appears to Dismiss Trump’s Leadership of GOP: ‘We’re Looking to the Future Not the Past’

(USA Features) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to take a veiled shot at former President Donald Trump as he praised Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., for his rebuttal Wednesday to President Joe Biden’s first congressional address.

“We’re looking to the future, not the past, and if you want to see the future of the Republican party, watch Tim Scott’s response to President Biden last night,” the Kentucky Republican said Thursday.

“He’s the future. That’s where we’re headed. We’re not preoccupied with the past but looking forward,” he told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

McConnell’s remarks came after Trump once again questioned the minority leader’s ability to guide the party moving forward.

“We need good leadership. Mitch McConnell has not done a great job, I think they should change Mitch McConnell,” Trump told Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo.

In his interview, McConnell continued to praise Scott.

“Look, he’s very popular, not only within our party but among Senate Democrats as well. He’s brave, courageous, and tells the truth. He’s the most inspirational leader that we have in our party looking forward,” the Kentucky Republican added.

“I do predict, however, there’s going to be a robust competition for the nomination,” McConnell continued. “I’ve got three or four members of the Senate who are going to be running for president in 2024, once that all sorts itself out, as the Republican leader of the Senate, obviously, I’ll be supporting the Republican nominee for president in 2024.”

Trump has not said yet whether he plans to run for the party’s 2024 nomination.

Nevertheless, McConnell said in late February that if Trump becomes the nominee next time around, he would “absolutely” support him.