McConnell decides to step down from the leadership of the Republicans in the Senate

Mitch McConnell, the powerful politician from Kentucky, has announced that he plans to retire in November from his position as the leader of the Republicans in the US Senate.

He has led his party in the Senate for almost 20 years, but in a speech on Wednesday he said it was "time to move money", the BBC reported. He is known as the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate. 

McConnell talked about his long career, his age and his family.

But he devoted a good part of the speech to the importance of American leadership in the world, despite the different ideology that his party has had under the rhetoric of former President Donald Trump.

"I know the politics within my party at the moment. I have many mistakes, but the misunderstanding of politics is not one of them", he said.