Trump talks 2024 strategy, abortion with GOP lawmakers

by ian

Former President Donald Trump met with Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss the Republican agenda as the November elections approach.

Trump met with House members at the Capitol Hill Club in the morning and with Senators at the National Republican Senatorial Committee offices in the afternoon. Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the senators, Trump vowed to “bring common sense back to the government.”

Trump also praised the Republican Party for its “great unity” in wanting to improve America and praised Senate Republicans specifically.

While we are still unsure of everything that was discussed in these closed-door meetings, we do know that much of the discussions revolved around the Republican agenda should Trump win reelection this year.

Trump met with both chamber leaders as well, seemingly in a friendly manner. This is especially notable given his strenuous relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). According to Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, the meeting was the “warmest” he’s seen among the group of lawmakers yet.

There were some details spoken of after these meetings finished. Some House members said Trump floated a plan to reduce the U.S. income tax and instead implement a new series of tariffs. He also appeared to be focused on achieving Republican unity, despite disagreements.

Perhaps one of the most notable topics he touched on with House Republicans had to do with abortion. According to reporting from Axios, Trump asserted that House Republicans need to talk about the issue “correctly” by arguing that it should be left to the states. He also argued for exceptions in the law where necessary.

But overall, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly said Trump’s comments essentially cemented that the issue will remain “at the state level,” and that he would not pursue a federal limitation.

But some reporting also suggests that these meetings were tense and – at times – full of vitriol. For example, some reporting suggests that Trump bashed the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, calling it “a horrible city” despite being the future host of the Republican National Convention.

House Republicans and Trump campaign staffers have since come out saying this is an incorrect phrasing of Trump’s comments. Many said that the quote was never said, and others tried to clarify that Trump was speaking about Milwaukee’s violence and voter fraud issues.