Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had a “very good and cordial” meeting Thursday at Mar-a-Lago, the former president’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla., according to a statement from Trump’s Save America PAC.
The meeting comes weeks after the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, and ahead of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate on charges of incitement of insurrection.
At the top of the agenda of Thursday’s meeting, according to statements from the Save America PAC and McCarthy, were Republican efforts to retake control of the House in 2022.
“Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022,” McCarthy said in a statement released by the McCarthy Victory Fund. “A Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation. … A united conservative movement will strengthen the bonds of our citizens and uphold the freedoms our country was founded on.”
McCarthy has been a vocal promoter of Trump’s false claims that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, and he threw his support behind a Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn Biden’s win.
McCarthy was initially critical of Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 riot, but he has since tempered his criticism, arguing now that “everybody across this country has some responsibility” for the pro-Trump mob’s violent actions at the Capitol.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Jan. 15 shows Trump’s disapproval rating is at its highest measurement since summer 2018. Sixty percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidency — with 52 percent “strongly” disapproving — while just 38 percent approve.
Nonetheless, Thursday’s statement from the Save America PAC claimed, falsely, that the former president’s ratings are soaring.
“President Trump’s popularity has never been stronger than it is today, and his endorsement means more than perhaps any endorsement at any time,” the PAC said.
According to the statement, Trump told McCarthy he plans to play a role in GOP efforts to retake the House.
“They worked very well together in the last election and picked up at least 15 seats when most predicted it would be the opposite,” Save America PAC said. “They will do so again, and the work has already started.”