On Thursday, a group of House Republicans met with former President Trump. This meeting centered around figuring out the future direction of the Republican Party.
Representative Jim Banks (chair of the Republican Study Committee (RSC)) and around a dozen other committee members will meet with former President Trump at his residence in New Jersey.
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🔜 House Republicans are slated to meet with former President Donald Trump in New Jersey next week to discuss how to proceed with advancing a conservative agenda, said Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). pic.twitter.com/iXtMmJTQKa
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RSC Committee will have an opportunity to update Trump
In an exclusive interview with Fox News on Thursday, Banks said Trump reached out to him over the past weeks. He added that he is paying close attention to the agenda of the Republican Study Committee.
The chair of the RSC also mentioned that former President Trump supports the plan. On Thursday, Banks and other members of the committee will have an opportunity to update Trump on what they’ve been up to. Accordingly, Banks added that they would also talk about how to work together moving forward.
In addition to this, Banks also emphasized that since the opening of the year, the RSC has been improving the consensus conservative agenda; this ultimately means bringing the Republican Party together.
He added that a “winning agenda” can bring back the majority as they focus on when they will get it back. He then added that the agenda is called the “Trump agenda.”
For eight years, the Republican Party was in control of the House before losing the majority of the chamber in 2018.
Although Republicans lost the White House and the Senate majority, they persevered as they gained a big chunk of Democrats’ majority in the House of Representatives. At this time, the Republican Party only needs to gain five more seats in 2022 to regain control of the House.
Banks also mentioned that he knows that Trump will “go out” and fight for House Republicans on next year’s campaign trail. However, Banks also predicted that Republicans will win back the majority of the House if they focused on pushing the “Trump agenda.”
Trump still keeps his popularity with voters and Republican politicians
Over four months after Trump moved from the White House, he still keeps his popularity with most Republican voters and maintains plenty of clout over Republican politicians. Right now, Trump aims to play the role of a kingmaker in Republican’s 2020 primaries.
He is also continuously flirting with the idea of another presidential run in 2024.
Trump takes center stage at the North Carolina Republican Convention. The former president had much to say to his base about his political opponents while teasing a potential 2024 presidential run. pic.twitter.com/OTVWqkRKKH
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The RSC’s Thursday meeting with Trump is not the only sit-down meeting with the potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate.
Other than Trump, the committee also met with former Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
When Banks was asked if the meeting is somehow an “unofficial 2024 GOP presidential primary” meeting, Banks said that he doesn’t like to think about it in that sense.