Trump’s spokesperson Liz Harrington shared a statement via Twitter on Saturday that reiterated the former president’s opposition to the infrastructure package as the Senate considers it further this weekend.
McConnell was one of 17 Republicans who voted in favor of advancing the bill on June 28 and there is a strong possibility the Senate will approve the $1 trillion package, which was negotiated by the White House and a bipartisan group of senators.
Trump’s statement said: “Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace. If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we’ve seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”
The debt ceiling refers to the need for Congress to approve an increase in the federal government’s borrowing authority. Though once considered a formality, in recent years it has sometimes become a point of partisan division.
“This is a 2,700 page bill that no one could have possibly read – they would need to take speed reading courses,” the statement goes on.
“It is a gift to the Democrat Party, compliments of Mitch McConnell and some RINOs, who have no idea what they are doing.”
His comments mark his latest critique of McConnell, who Trump has regularly aimed broadsides at in recent months.
The statement went on to criticize specifics of the bill.
“There is very little on infrastructure in all of those pages. Instead, they track your driving so they can tax you. It is Joe Biden‘s form of a gas tax but far bigger, far higher and, mark my words, far worse. They want to track you everywhere you go and watch everything you do!”
Trump appears to be referring to a provision in the infrastructure bill that would allow for a per-mile road tax that could see drivers’ mileage information tracked, according to The Drive.com.
“Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill will be used against the Republican Party in the upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. It will be very hard for me to endorse anyone foolish enough to vote in favor of this deal,” Trump’s statement went on.
“The good news is that the progressive wing in the Democrat Party will lose all credibility with this approval. Additionally, [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy and Republican House members seem to be against the bill. If it can’t be killed in the Senate, maybe it dies in the House!”
Democrats hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives and several progressive members have suggested they will oppose the infrastructure package, so its defeat in the House is possible.
Trump’s statement went on to offer more criticism of McConnell “playing right into” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s hands.
“Whether it’s the House or the Senate, think twice before you approve this terrible deal,” Trump said.
“Republicans should wait until after the Midterms when they will gain all the strength they’ll need to make a good deal, but remember, you already have the card, it’s called the debt ceiling, which the Democrats threatened us with constantly.”
Newsweek has asked McConnell for comment.