In the wake of a New York Times report detailing the extremely frosty relationship between President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican congressman didn’t seem willing to answer whether or not he had pride in his political party.
During an appearance on CNN’s Situation Room, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) was asked by anchor Wolf Blitzer his thoughts on the Times reporting that Trump and McConnell aren’t speaking to each other and whether this is damaging to the president. When Sanford said the report was just “conjecture” at this point, Blitzer pressed the GOP House member if he thought it was “extraordinary” that McConnell reportedly thinks Trump can’t salvage his presidency.
“It is,” Sanford noted. “To that point, which is a different point, I would say it’s a real problem because, again, I’ve been in an executive capacity. Your hands, at the end of the day, are going to be driven by what the legislature does or does not do.”
After highlighting that this creates a dilemma for GOPers on who to stand with, Blitzer wanted to know if Sanford was “proud of where the Republican Party is now.”
“Am I proud of it?” Sanford declared. “Oh, Wolf, you have a lot of strange questions tonight. what I’d say is I think that it is an awfully tense time in politics right now.”
The South Carolina lawmaker went on to say there is a “tug of war” between Trump supporters who are frustrated with Washington and people who are concerned that institutions that “made the country great” are being challenged.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
[image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org