Kamis, 04 Januari 2018

Trump, GOP leaders to discuss 2018 election at Camp David Friday

Congressional leaders are slated to brief President Donald Trump on the perilous midterm landscape on Friday afternoon at Camp David.

Amid rising concern that Republicans could lose their majorities in November, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will lead separate presentations on 2018, according to three people familiar with the plans.

The briefing will be part of a broader slate of meetings between the president and Republican congressional leadership to take place at Camp David through the weekend, when they are scheduled to discuss the legislative agenda for this year. Also attending will be House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).

At a time when the president’s approval ratings are mired in the 30s, there is widespread worry in the party about the election and how prepared the administration is.

The group is expected to discuss the challenges confronting the party in this year’s races, but also opportunities. White House officials and GOP strategists, for example, are looking to aggressively target Senate Democratic incumbents in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri. Trump is aggressively trying to recruit North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer into the state’s Senate race. This week, he met privately with Cramer.

Multiple White House staffers, including Johnny Destefano, the director of the office of presidential personnel, legislative affairs director Marc Short, and political director Bill Stepien are also expected to attend.

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