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McCarthy-Trump Fallout and the Ongoing Dynamics Revealed in Tense Phone Call

In a recent Washington Post report, an intense phone conversation between Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and former President Donald Trump has been unveiled, shedding light on the aftermath of McCarthy’s removal as speaker earlier this year.

During the October phone call, Trump conveyed his dissatisfaction, asserting that McCarthy’s failure to prevent his ousting by the rebellion spearheaded by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) stemmed from McCarthy’s inability to expunge Trump’s two impeachments in the House of Representatives and his failure to endorse Trump’s potential 2024 presidential bid.

In response to Trump’s remarks, McCarthy reportedly retorted with a candid “F–k you.”

Despite this exchange, the Washington Post notes that McCarthy and Trump still maintain a functional relationship, continuing to engage in conversations through both phone calls and text messages, according to CNN.

While Trump initially expressed public support for McCarthy during his initial bid for the speakership in January, his stance shifted when Gaetz initiated the insurrection against McCarthy. Trump, who had been notably silent about McCarthy’s fate, never explicitly called for McCarthy’s removal.

Gaetz suggested to reporters that he had Trump’s approval for ousting McCarthy, stating, “My conversations with the former president leave me with great confidence that I’m doing the right thing.”

It’s noteworthy that Trump directed most of his criticism towards the eight Republicans who aligned with all House Democrats in removing him, maintaining a degree of ambiguity regarding McCarthy’s standing within the party. Despite the contentious phone call, the ongoing communication between McCarthy and Trump indicates a lingering dynamic between the two political figures.

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