Trump in 2024? 'Absolutely,' Mitch McConnell says

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Trump in 2024? 'Absolutely,' Mitch McConnell says
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump if the former president were to win the Republican nomination in 2024.

However, McConnell told "Special Report" host Bret Baier that "there's a lot to happen between now and '24. I've got at least four members, I think, that are planning on running for president, plus governors and others. There is no incumbent, [so it] should be a wide-open race and fun for you all to cover."

McConnell was lambasted by the former president recently after the senator condemned Trump’s behavior during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. When asked by Baier to respond to Trump’s allegation that the Republican Party could never be respected if leaders such as McConnell remained in charge, he replied, "The Republican Party is actually in very good shape. 

"We gained seats in the House. We elected 50 Republican senators when everybody was predicting we were going to lose the Senate. The Democrats didn’t flip a single state legislature. We flipped two [and] picked up a governor.

"The Republican Party had a very good day on November 3," McConnell continued. "We’re sorry we lost the White House, but the Republican Party demonstrated once again [that] this is a 50/50 nation, we are very competitive and will be competitive again in '22." CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

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Time's Up vs. Cuomo: Advocacy group wants Democrat investigated over sexual harassment claims
Sexual harassment accusations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have prompted advocacy organization Time's Up to call for an "independent investigation," according to a statement issued by its president. 

"Allegations of inappropriate behavior in any workplace are deeply troubling and should be addressed," said Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the organization. "We call on the Cuomo administration to conduct a full and independent investigation into these claims immediately."

On Wednesday, Cuomo's former deputy secretary and special adviser Lindsey Boylan published an essay in which she alleged sexual misconduct committed by the politician, which his camp has denied. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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- Tara Reade backs Lindsey Boylan, rips media's 'collective collusion' with Dems to downplay Cuomo scandal
- CNN finally addresses sexual harassment claims against Cuomo after 24 hours of silence
- Meghan McCain calls Cuomo 'pervert who has harassed women,' demands immediate resignation
- Rose McGowan backs Cuomo accuser Lindsay Boylan, calls for investigation into 'monstrous' claims
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After Syria airstrikes, Biden, Psaki slammed for past tweets about Trump's military actions
Past Twitter messages from President Biden and one of his top aides -- both criticizing former President Trump -- weren't appearing to age well Thursday after Biden ordered airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia stronghold in Syria.

In 2017, Jen Psaki, now the White House press secretary, questioned what the Trump administration’s "legal authority for strikes" was in Syria following a Trump-ordered military action.

"Assad is a brutal dictator," she tweeted, "But Syria is a sovereign country."

When Psaki’s nearly four-year-old tweet resurfaced, many Twitter users appreciated the irony. Even progressive U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., retweeted Psaki's old post, writing sarcastically "Great question." 

In October 2019, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden called then-President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria "erratic" and "impulsive." CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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- US launches airstrikes against Iranian-backed forces in Syria
- Pompeo reacts to Syria airstrikes: 'I hope it wasn't just bombs in the desert'
- Iranian dissidents urge Bidn to keep up pressure onTehran, say regime at 'weakest point in history'
- Intense Israeli airstrikes in east Syria said to kill dozens

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PARTING WORDS

Laura Ingraham says the U.S. needs to send a message to the Chinese Communist Party by boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics planned for Beijing.

"China is a brutal dictatorship, a repressive regime," Ingraham said in her monologue on Thursday night's edition of Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle." "China does not recognize individual freedoms -- freedom to worship, speak freely, petition the government. Fact: China has imprisoned and tortured political dissidents, Christians and currently has more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims in reeducation camps."

"Joe Biden claims that America's back and he wants to be a world leader," she continued. "If that's really true, he should start by announcing a boycott of the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing -- and then convince our allies in Europe and elsewhere to join the boycott."

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