McCarthy on first meeting with Biden: He doesn’t have ‘energy of Donald Trump’

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s first meeting with President Joe Biden left the top Republican with the feeling that the president is somewhat lacking.

Speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity” Friday evening, two days after his first meeting with the president, McCarthy said that, while Biden was chipper and “engaging,” he most certainly lacked the uber-“engaging” energy of his predecessor.

He was with it, and he was engaging and he was giving me numbers and he was talking, but at no time — having known Joe Biden for quite some time — does he have the energy of Donald Trump,” he told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“Donald Trump didn’t need to sleep five hours a night, and he would be engaged. If you called Donald Trump, he’d get on the phone before staff would. He’d tell ‘bring other people town.’ In his first week, he had a bipartisan, bicameral meeting inside the White House.”

Yet the meeting Wednesday marked the first time in Biden’s presidency that he’d summoned everybody for a bipartisan meeting.

“This was the first time they had any bipartisan meeting, and think of any of the crisis that are happening. They have ignored them. But they’re igniting them at the same time,” McCarthy added.

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According to Discover magazine, former President Donald Trump is part of a “one percent” of “sleepless elite” who possess a “superhuman” ability to thrive even on barely any sleep. Among his peers are Elon Musk and Martha Stewart.

“Trump, Musk and Stewart all reportedly get by on less than six hours a night, making them part of the so-called ‘sleepless elite.’ Most people need around seven to nine hours of sleep a night for overall health and well-being. But it seems that these guidelines don’t apply to a small segment of the population officially called natural short sleepers,” the magazine noted last year.

“Short sleepers wake up feeling refreshed and wide awake, despite clocking six or less hours of sleep per night. Some short sleepers say a mere few hours of shut-eye a night is all they need to feel great. It’s sort of like being both a night owl and early riser at the same time. And, unsurprisingly, this group has caught the interest of researchers due to their sleep efficiency.”

In other words, Trump is special — genuinely special. Biden not so much.

“Trump would begin his day around 5:30 am and sometimes began making calls at 6 am, and did not need coffee to wake up, although, he had a proclivity for diet coke. On the contrary … Biden begins his day with a coffee in the morning with first lady Jill Biden, with meetings and phone calls from the Oval Office starting just after 9 am,” according to Meaww.

“Trump was also known to sleep just three to four hours a night, and would go to bed late, often watching television late into the night. Biden, on the other hand, is more of an “early-to-bed” type … after returning to his residence by 7 pm.”

There’s a reason Trump was fond of calling Biden “Sleepy Joe” during the presidential election last year.

McCarthy’s remarks were made during a joint Fox News interview alongside newly appointed House Republican Conference chair Elise Stefanik and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

During the interview, Stefanik confirmed to Hannity that the agenda she intends to pursue in her new leadership role is no different than former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda.

“I agree with all of the items [on the ‘MAGA’ agenda] and most importantly voters across this country agree. We are experiencing multiple crises under President Biden and Speaker Pelosi. We have a border crisis, we have an economic crisis and we have a national security crisis in the Middle East,” she said.

“Republicans are going to fight on behalf of American families who are concerned about the radical direction this administration is taking us. We are unified as Republicans, and I am proud to be a strong conservative Republican that is going to work to unite our Republican Conference and stand up for the American people.”

The Republican lawmaker also pushed back on the idea that Trump should have no more influence on the Republican Party.

“I represent a district that voted for President Obama twice and voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. It tells the story of today’s Republican Party, how we’ve grown this party among working-class Americans, people who work hard every day and know that the far left and radical agenda of the social Democrats is taking us in the wrong direction,” she said.

“The role of the conference chair is to share our unified conservative message, so focusing on exposing these multiple crises that American people are suffering — the border crisis, the economic crisis and the national security crisis in the Middle East. We are focused on reopening our economy, reopening our schools and fighting for the hard-working American people that have been left behind by President Joe Biden and Speaker Pelosi.”

Vivek Saxena

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