On Sunday, former President Donald Trump called for an end to Republican Mitch McConnell's term as Senate Minority Leader because "the Old Crow" is "giving the Democrats victory on everything." In a statement made through his Save America PAC, Trump accused McConnell of "hurting the Republican Senators and the Republican Party," suggesting that he didn't "have the guts" to play the debt ceiling card, which would have "given the Republicans a complete victory on virtually everything. The Dems were ready to fold!" [tweet_embed] December 13, 2021[/tweet_embed] Last week, McConnell negotiated a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to allow the Democrats to hike the debt ceiling with just a majority of votes, as opposed to 60, in order to overcome a filibuster, thereby allowing Republicans to say that not a single one of them voted for a debt ceiling increase. Trump then warned that the Democrats would never reciprocate and that "they will use the Debt Ceiling against us at their first opportunity, and they won’t fold." "GET RID OF MITCH!" the statement concluded. Recently, tensions that flared between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) during the debt ceiling standoff revealed the two leaders’ differing styles and personalities and raised questions about their relationship going forward. [tweet_embed] December 13, 2021[/tweet_embed] The main source of division between the two top Republicans in Congress is their contrasting relationships with former President Trump, whose day-to-day comments on events in Washington have a major influence over the GOP. McConnell does not need Trump’s support to be reelected as Senate Republican leader after the 2022 midterm elections while McCarthy must have Trump’s backing to be elected the next Speaker. And so, as a result, McCarthy has had to be much more deferential to Trump’s public statements, creating a disconnect between the two GOP leaders. “The cultures in the Senate and House are different. You have to be able to bridge those differences and that’s why your leaders have to have a good relationship,” said Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.). [tweet_embed] December 13, 2021[/tweet_embed] Thune acknowledged that there are “very different personalities, as you know, in the House” but emphasized that McConnell tries to get along with his allies in the lower chamber. Thune acknowledged “that caucus in the House is pretty diverse and there are a lot of supporters, strong supporters of the former president there and that’s something McCarthy has to manage.” “In the Senate, people view some of these issues perhaps differently but [it] helps when you got six years term,” he noted, observing that senators are less impacted by Trump’s influence over the Republican base because they face primary elections every six years instead of every two years, a House members do.