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McCarthy dings Biden after meeting: Doesn't have 'energy of Donald Trump'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney: McCarthy should 'absolutely' testify before Jan. 6 commission Gohmert says Jan. 6 mob attack on Capitol not an 'armed insurrection' Axios reporter Kadia Goba rejoining BuzzFeed News to cover GOP MORE (R-Calif.) said that President Joe Biden doesn’t have the “energy of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE” after meeting with him for the first time in Biden’s presidency. 

"But at no time, having known Joe Biden for quite some time, does he have the energy of Donald Trump. We both know it,” McCarthy said.

“Donald Trump didn’t need to sleep five hours a night and he would be engaged. If you called Donald Trump, he would get on the phone before staff would,” McCarthy added.

McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph Scalise Roy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts MORE (R-La.) and Party Conference Chair Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikAll House Republicans back effort to force floor vote on 'born alive' bill House Democrats unveil .9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection MORE (R-N.Y.) were interviewed by Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityJenner says she didn't vote in 2020: 'I just couldn't get excited about it' White House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024 McConnell safe in power, despite Trump's wrath MORE on “Hannity,” a show Trump has been interviewed on and will most likely see McCarthy’s comments.

The three did a joint interview days after Stefanik replaced Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAll House Republicans back effort to force floor vote on 'born alive' bill Cheney says she 'regrets' voting for Trump Cheney: McCarthy should 'absolutely' testify before Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Wyo.) as the third most powerful Republican in the House. Stefanik had Trump’s backing during this process.

The three spent the interview attacking Biden and his policies.

“I am excited about Elise Stefanik joining the leadership team because Joe Biden is not just ignoring the problems, he’s igniting them,” McCarthy said.

Stefanik told Hannity that she “agrees with all the items” that Hannity laid out as a part of the “Trump agenda” when the Fox host asked her about fears from others that she isn’t conservative enough.

“We are experiencing multiple crises under President BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE and Speaker Pelosi. We have a border crisis, we have an economic crisis and a national security crisis in the Middle East. Republicans are going to fight on behalf of American families that are concerned about the radical direction this administration is taking us,” Stefanik said.

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