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Mitch McConnell hedges on whether Donald Trump is qualified to be president

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 8, 2016.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dodged a question Sunday about whether Donald Trump is qualified to be president.

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," the Kentucky Republican was asked if he believes the presumptive GOP nominee is qualified to be commander in chief.

"I think there's no question that he's made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks. I think they're beginning to right the ship. It's a long time until November. And the burden, obviously, will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job," McConnell said.

He added that Trump has made a "good step in the right direction" because of recent changes his campaign has made in terms of making him use prepared scripts during speeches.

Pushed further on the question of Trump's qualifications, McConnell said, "Look, I'll leave that to the American people to decide. You know, he won the Republican nomination fair and square. He got more votes than anybody else against a whole lot of well qualified candidates. And so our primary voters have made their decision as to who they want to be the nominee."

Asked if some of Trump's proposals would be written into the GOP's platform, McConnell also didn't answer that question directly and instead said that it will be a "traditional Republican platform."

"It will be the platform of the Republican Party and I don't expect it to differ that much from the platform we had four years ago," he said.

His comments come as Trump's numbers have been dropping in various polls.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, recently said he has no plans to rescind his endorsement of Trump. Republicans are a month away from their convention in Cleveland.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.