Mitch McConnell has officially announced his plans to run for another term as Senate Republican Leader.
The Hill reports:
“I’m going to be running again for leader later this year,” he told reporters Tuesday when asked how long he plans to hold onto his job.
McConnell has come under withering criticism from former President Trump over the past year after blaming Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
McConnell has also been the target of Trump’s wrath after voting for a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a proposal to allow Democrats to raise the debt-ceiling by themselves with a simple-majority vote.
But McConnell, who will turn 80 in February, on Tuesday made clear that he doesn’t plan to step down from the Senate Republican leader’s job anytime soon, despite Trump’s pressure.
However, some Republicans have noted their disdain for the Kentucky Republican due to his strained relationship with the former president. Even some Republican contenders, such as Kelly Tshibaka who is running to unseat Sen. Lisa Murkowski, have said if she makes it to the Senate she will not support McConnell’s bid to become the upper chamber’s GOP leader.