Former President Donald Trump is keeping rumors of a comeback alive, speaking Friday about a “next time” he’s in the White House, as Republicans continue to covet his support in their hopes of taking back Congress.
Trump will meet on June 10 with the largest Republican caucus to discuss the conservative agenda going into the 2022 midterms, the New York Post reports, in another sign of the former president’s return to the political arena.
Trump to meet with largest GOP caucus
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who chairs the Republican Study Committee, told the Post that he expects Trump and lawmakers to hash out their messaging for next year’s election and beyond.
The top priority for Republicans is taking back Congress next year, something they hope to accomplish by harnessing a backlash against President Joe Biden’s liberal agenda — and Trump has demonstrated his willingness to work with the GOP in that effort.
Trump, who rose to the White House in 2016 as an outsider to Washington, has not always gotten along with establishment Republicans, and he has continued to attack “RINOs” who he says are failing conservatives.
Still, Banks said that he believes a synthesis between a traditional Republican platform of balanced budgets and pro-life politics and Trump’s right-leaning populist agenda is the best way forward.
He described Trump’s agenda to the Post as the new “consensus conservative agenda for the future of the Republican Party.”
“Next time I’m in the White House…”
The former president had been coordinating his political efforts from his Palm Beach estate at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, but recently relocated to his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course for the summer.
Despite efforts by his foes to exile him from political life, Trump remains the GOP’s most dominant figure and is beloved by millions of supporters.
Republicans recently booted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a top Trump foe, from party leadership, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rankled Democrats by shutting down a “commission” on the Jan. 6 riot, as the GOP seeks to limit distractions ahead of 2022.
When Facebook announced Friday that they would keep their ban on the former president until 2023, Trump joked (or perhaps not) that he would reclaim the presidency before long, writing, “Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!”