“I think she’s got real problems,” the Republican House minority leader said about his colleague during an off-air moment in an appearance on Fox News, Axios reports, citing a recording made of the exchange with a host.
“I’ve had it with ... I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. ... Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” Mr McCarthy told Steve Doocy before a live interview on Fox and Friends.
So far in the ongoing round of infighting within the party, Mr McCarthy, the most senior Republican in the House, has remained above the fray while on the record speaking about Ms Cheney.
The Wyoming representative has hit back at Donald Trump for using “the big lie” to defend his debunked election fraud claims.
Ms Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican leader in the House, voted to impeach Mr Trump for an historic second time over his role in the 6 January Capitol riot and has since become a target for the former president and his supporters