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McConnell silence on Trump speaks volumes, says US Senate Dem leader

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell

US Senate minority leader Harry Reid says the Republican leader’s silence on his party’s presumed nominee, Donald Trump, “speaks volumes.”

"Just yesterday the Republican leader refused to say if Donald Trump is qualified to be president. His silence speaks volumes," Reid said from the Senate floor on Monday.

In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell sidestepped questions of whether the reality TV star and business mogul is fit for presidency.

"Well, look, I think it's no question that he's made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks. I think they're beginning to right the ship. It's a long time until November. And the burden obviously will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job," McConnell said on the TV channel’s This Week show. "I'll leave that to the American people to decide."

His response was to a question triggered by a poll earlier, which showed the majority of American voters find Trump unqualified.

This is not the first time the GOP’s Senate leader evades questions about his party’s presumptive nominee, running against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for the 2016 presidential vote.

Reid (pictured below) took on McConnell over his digression, further slamming the GOP senators for inaction towards President Barack Obama’s nominee for the US Supreme Court of Justice.

They want their desired justice to enter the court, a scenario only possible when Obama leaves the White House.

"Republicans continue to block our justice system from functioning so this disqualified bigot can reshape the Supreme Court in his image," Reid said.

In mid-March, Obama appointed appeals court judge Merrick Garland as a Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia who died earlier.

According to Reid, the Republicans’ failure to give Garland a fair hearing is “appalling.”


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