(Photo Credit:REUTERS/Rebecca Cook) Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump blasted Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy on Sunday for endorsing rival Presidential contender Marco Rubio.
Trump, a businessman and real estate mogul, who had risen at the top of national polls, attacked Trey Gowdy for leading an unsuccessful committee in Congress that had the aim to investigate the 2012 terrorist attacks on the United Stated embassy in Benghazi, Libya, in which four American lost their lives.
The Benghazi Committee’s last hearing was of Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton who at the time of the attack on Benghazi was Secretary of State in the Obama administration. She handled the 11 hour hearing calmly and deflected criticism by Republican members of the committee.
Trump seems to be unhappy of Gowdy’s endorsement of Marco Rubio and according to Reuters, while being a guest on FOX News’ “Fox and Friends”, he said that Gowdy did a terrible job leading the investigation. He stated “In total, the committee was not good for Republicans and the country. I mean beyond Republicans, it was bad for the country. I hope he does a whole lot better for Marco.”
Gowdy’s endorsement was announced by the conservative news agency Townhall and the Rubio campaign sent an email that confirmed the endorsement and that Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican would be travelling with Rubio on the campaign trail on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to Reuters, Gowdy stated “Marco is a rock solid conservative and a strong leader we can trust. I look forward to campaigning in Iowa with him, and introducing my good friend to voters across the state.”
Trump went even further and took to Twitter to send a message to conservative Republican voters and retweeted a couple of messages that concern Trey Gowdy and his leadership of the Benghazi committee. According to Reuters, one of the tweets said “Face it, Trey Gowdy failed miserably on Benghazi. He allowed it to drag out and in the end, let Hillary get away with murder.”
Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio will help him rise in the national polls ahead of the primary contests scheduled to take place in Iowa on the 1st of February.
The 2016 Elections race has Trump leading the crowded field of Republicans ever since he started his Presidential campaign. According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll from the 24th of December, Trump is leading with 39.3 percent, Ted Cruz trailing behind at 12.8 percent, Ben Carson at 9.6 percent and Marco Rubio at 8.5 percent.