House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy denied ever believing that President Donald Trump should resign in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol ― in spite of an audio recording in which he says the opposite.
Addressing the controversy for the first time Friday night, McCarthy told reporters that he never approached Trump with the suggestion he should resign.
“No, I’ve never asked the president to resign. Never thought he should resign,” McCarthy said.
In the audio recording published by The New York Times, McCarthy can be heard clearly telling Republican leadership that he would call Trump and urge him to step down.
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