House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday took a shot at Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah — the lone Republican to vote to convict President Donald Trump. “I don’t think Romney is effective in any shape or form,” McCarthy told a group of reporters outside the House chamber.
But McCarthy dodged questions about whether Romney should be expelled from the Republican Conference, which some Trump allies have called for. He also wouldn’t discuss whether it was appropriate for Trump to question the Utah Republican’s Mormon faith.
Trump on Thursday praised McCarthy during a victory speech at the White House, predicting that the backlash to impeachment would help Republicans win back the House this November. “Kevin McCarthy has done an incredible job,” Trump said. “You’ll be speaker of the House. I really believe it.”