After President Donald Trump tweeted criticism of the woman who came forward accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the President on Friday to say his tweets did not help, two people familiar with the call confirmed to CNN.
In a series of tweets sent out Friday morning, Trump threw into question the validity of professor Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of assault in the most direct way since the allegations against Kavanaugh came to light and said his Supreme Court nominee is “under assault by radical left wing politicians.”
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place,” Trump tweeted.
An aide to McConnell says the Kentucky senator and President “speak all the time” but he “doesn’t have any read-outs” of their conversations.
Kavanaugh has categorically denied Ford’s allegations of assault.
“This is a completely and totally false allegation,” he said after Ford came forward last week. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.”
The Washington Post first reported McConnell’s call as part of a story about the efforts to save Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Friday evening at a rally in Missouri, the President also said Republicans have to fight for Kavanaugh, and that women will back that approach.
“We have to fight for him, not worried about the other side,” he said. “And by the way, women are for that more than anyone would understand.”
Trump has not tweeted criticism of Ford since Friday.
CNN’s Allie Malloy and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.