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September 24, 2021

McConnell called Trump ‘a fading brand’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called former President Donald Trump a “fading brand” and maintained that the GOP is moving away from the former president, according to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book, “Peril.”

The book claims that during a conversation with Sen. Lindsay Graham, McConnell said Trump was an “OTTB as they say in Kentucky – off-the-track Thoroughbred.”

“‘There is a clear trend moving,’ McConnell said, toward a place where the GOP is not dominated by Trump. McConnell added, ‘Sucking up to Donald Trump is not a strategy that works,'” the book reads.

McConnell publicly blamed Trump for the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol but ultimately did not vote to impeach.

“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said in a Jan. 19 speech. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like.”

Trump has been at odds with the Senate Minority Leader since he left office, at one point calling him “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.”

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McConnell called Trump ‘a fading brand’ and said ‘sucking up’ to him ‘is not a strategy that works’: book

September 9, 2021

Treasury Secretary raises alarm over nation’s debt ceiling

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is raising the alarm over the nation’s borrowing limit that could set off a worldwide economic crisis if Congress fails to take action.

Yellen warned congressional leaders on Wednesday that the US could potentially default on its debt in October. There is now reportedly a scramble to determine how to raise the debt ceiling in time.

“The time for Congress to act is now to make sure the U.S. does not come close to defaulting on some of its obligations,” said Rachel Snyderman, associate director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank that monitors the debt limit. “But what’s concerning right now is that there are so many important priorities at play.”

Republicans vowed to withhold votes for the debt ceiling, though they helped suspend it under former President Donald Trump.

“Democrats control Washington now. They can raise the debt limit on their own,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on Wednesday.

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Yellen triggers alarm bells over debt ceiling cliff 

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