Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell Divided Over Whether Clinton Is Capable

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
June 30, 2016 Updated: June 30, 2016

Donald Trump responded to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on June 29, who said that Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, is “intelligent and capable.”

“ISIS exploded on Hillary Clinton’s watch- she’s done nothing about it and never will. Not capable!” said Trump in a tweet. 

In an interview with Time Warner Cable on June 28, McConnell said that Trump is a “great entertainer” but is not acting presidential enough yet.

When asked whether Trump meets the “threshold of credibility” he said that “He’s getting closer. Getting closer.”

McConnell said that Hillary Clinton is an “intelligent and capable person” when asked about his working relationship with her in the Senate. He also said that while he hopes a Republican will be elected, he would work with Clinton if she’s elected president.

Over the past weeks, the Trump campaign has seen some major changes, such as the firing of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and the hiring of three key operatives: Michael Abboud, Alan Cobb, and Jason Miller.

The campaign reorganization, along with speeches that are guided by a teleprompter, shows that Trump is adapting to the larger, more traditional campaign strategy.  

The hope in the Trump campaign is that the reorganization will help to reverse the steady decline for Trump in the polls, and there are already early signs that it’s working. 

The latest Quinnipiac poll—taken between June 21-27—shows a close race between Trump and Clinton, with 42 percent for Trump and 40 percent for Clinton—a much closer race than earlier this week. 

McConnell endorsed Trump after he clinched the nomination, but has been openly critical of his policies and responses to events. He also has made a point of saying that the presumptive nominee should stick to a script.  

The Senate Majority Leader’s most vocal condemnation of Trump came in response to his comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s heritage earlier this month, calling the comments “outrageous and inappropriate” in a PBS interview

Donald Trump has said that the lack of full-throated endorsement has left him disappointed, but that “they have to say what they have to say.” 

“I was disappointed and surprised,” the presumptive nominee said in an interview with Time earlier this month.

“I didn’t think it was necessary. But you know, they have to say what they have to say. I’m a big boy.”