“I think the Senate is actually tough. The Senate is very tough,” said Trump, according to a participant who shared the president’s comments with the Post on condition of anonymity. “There are a few senators I can’t really interfere with. I just can’t. You will lose your soul if you do that. I can’t help some of them. I don’t want to help some of them.” . “
Trump’s comments were made at a closed circuit meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, ahead of the last presidential debate, at which he said he thought the GOP would “take back the house,” according to the Post.
Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, pushed back the notion that Trump does not support some Senate Republicans, according to the Post.
“The Republican-led Senate and President Trump have had a great partnership over the past four years. This is underscored by the fact that the House stands ready to approve a third candidate for Trump’s Supreme Court in the coming days.” said Hunt on Saturday.
Hours after the Post published its story, Trump told reporters he hoped the GOP would keep control of the Senate.
“I hope we can hold the Senate. I think from the presidential standpoint we are winning a lot of states, including this one. I think we’re doing very well here. The crowd is definitely excited. I hope we can do that.” I think we’re going to take the house back because people are fed up with Nancy Pelosi. I think we’re going to take the house back, “Trump told reporters after emerging from Air Force One before holding a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Trump’s electoral booth has alarmed some Republicans struggling to hold onto their 53-47 Senate majority as Democrats see their chances of getting seats continue to grow.
The president even seemed at times not interested in saving members of his own party. In Maine, Trump followed up on vulnerable GOP Senator Susan Collins, who didn’t say she would support the president’s re-election but said she would reject Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination because the confirmatory vote is postponed against the election .