Joe Biden Responds to GOP Effort to Oust Liz Cheney: 'I Don't Understand the Republicans'

President Joe Biden responded Wednesday to the feud between Congresswoman Liz Cheney and her GOP colleagues.

"I don't understand the Republicans," Biden told reporters after he was asked for comment on the efforts to remove Cheney—the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives—from her leadership position.

It was the president's first comment on the issue, which has become a focal point for Congress over the past few days, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other GOP lawmakers move to oust Cheney as the party's conference chair.

The Wyoming representative has received pushback from colleagues over her repeated criticisms of former President Donald Trump, his false allegations that the 2020 election was riddled with fraud, and his role in the Capitol insurrection on January 6.

Cheney has said that anyone pushing the "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen is "turning their back on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system."

Tensions mounted on Tuesday when McCarthy hinted at Cheney's removal, telling Fox & Friends that caucus members were concerned about whether she could "carry out the message."

"We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned. And that's about the message about going forward," McCarthy said.

Trump has already endorsed another Republican, Representative Elise Stefanik, to replace Cheney. The former president has also predicted that Cheney won't win another election and said it was "heartwarming" to see her poll numbers purportedly drop.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a close ally to Cheney, sidestepped the issue when asked about whether he would support her during a press conference in Kentucky.

"We're confronted with severe challenges from a new administration, and a narrow majority of Democrats in the House and a 50–50 Senate, to turn American into a socialist country and that's 100 percent of my focus," McConnell responded.

Cheney's communications director Jeremy Adler said in a statement Tuesday that the congresswoman wouldn't stop speaking out despite the criticism from her own party.

"This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6," Adler said. "Liz will not do that. That is the issue."

When asked about the GOP infighting, the White House said Tuesday it would remain focused on its agenda and trying to build bipartisan support.

"The Republican Party seems to be spending a lot of blood, sweat and tears trying to figure out where they stand and what they stand for, and that's their prerogative," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

She continued: "How we're spending our time is on defeating the pandemic, growing our economy, building on that for the long run. And it's no secret that the President doesn't see eye to eye on many policies with Congresswoman Cheney, but his view is that the American people elected him, and also many people representing Congress — representing them in Congress to solve problems for them. And he's going to continue to seek civility even when he disagrees."

Biden Responds to Cheney, GOP Feud
President Joe Biden leaves after he delivered remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program during an event at the State Dining Room of the White House May 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Biden responded Wednesday to the feud between Congresswoman Liz Cheney and her GOP colleagues, saying he doesn't "understand the Republicans." Alex Wong/Getty Images