Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that he hasn’t spoken to Vice President Joe Biden since his inauguration on Jan. 20, accusing the White House of turning to the “hard left.”
“I don’t think I’ve spoken with him since he was sworn in,” McConnell said in a Fox News interview, adding that he had also not been invited to the White House.
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McConnell’s spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told CNN that while they had spoken since the inauguration on Jan. 20, they had not discussed the agenda.
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On Feb. 2, McConnell told reporters that he and Biden had discussed Myanmar, the budget process, and coronavirus relief. Over GOP objections, Democrats used a special procedure known as budget reconciliation to pass their $1.9 trillion bill. The filibuster cannot be used to stifle measures that are required to be passed under budgetary rules.
“Well, the president called me on two things: one was Burma, and the other was… the budget process and COVID relief,” McConnell said.
However, McConnell used his Fox News interview on Wednesday to reiterate his belief that Biden, with whom he worked in the Senate, is not bipartisan.
“I haven’t been invited to the White House, and this administration hasn’t shown any interest in doing anything in the political center on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said.
“There have been no attempts by the president or his administration to address the political center. On the hard left, it’s been trying to jam through everything “McConnell continued.
During the Obama administration, McConnell and Biden were able to strike some deals, prompting speculation after Biden’s election that their relationship could be crucial to getting any major agreements through the Senate, where 60 votes are still required for most legislation.