Speaker Johnson Visits Trump And Shares Big News

Speaker Johnson Visits Trump And Shares Big News

House Speaker Mike Johnson recently met with prospective GOP nominee Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, following Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill earlier this week.

Johnson did not share specific details about the meeting but hinted that the focus was on strategizing for the upcoming November elections.

“It was great to meet with President Trump today at Mar-a-Lago,” Johnson posted on X. “Our Party is united, and working together, I am confident we will send President Trump back to the White House, win back the Senate, and grow our House Republican majority!”

This meeting comes two months after Johnson’s last visit to Mar-a-Lago when he was at risk of losing his speakership to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Trump openly backed Johnson, leading to the failure of Greene’s attempt to oust him. In return, Johnson showed his support for Trump by attending his trial in Manhattan criminal court, where Trump was ultimately convicted, CBS News reported.

“President Trump and I have constant dialogue about the plans for the election cycle and then the emerging plans about what we’ll do after we win the election cycle,” Johnson said Friday ahead of his Monday meeting with Trump. “And I think we will, I think he’ll be the next president. And I think we’ll have a bigger majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate.”

Johnson mentioned that Republicans are “planning accordingly” for that victory, “not to put the cart before the horse but to think very strategically about how we’ll use that time effectively.” He added that he and Trump would discuss which GOP candidates to endorse.

The Republican Party holds a slim majority in the House, while Democrats have a similarly narrow majority in the Senate.

Former New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who did not support then-GOP nominee Donald Trump in 2016, has now expressed her support for him.

Ayotte, currently running for governor in New Hampshire, which has become a key state for Republicans along the deep-blue East Coast, discussed her change of heart in an exclusive interview with Fox News.

“Under Joe Biden, things cost more, and we’re less safe. There’s no question that we are worse off than we were than when President Trump was in office,” Ayotte told the outlet. “I’m supporting President Trump because I believe we need to change courses for the nation.”

Support for the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee appears to be a straightforward decision for most Republicans running for office in 2024. For Ayotte, however, aligning with Trump carries significant implications.

Ayotte, a rising star in the Republican Party in 2016, was a former state attorney general and first-term senator with a growing national security profile. She withdrew her support for Trump just before the 2016 election due to the “Access Hollywood” controversy, where Trump made crude comments about grabbing women without their consent.

“I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women,” Ayotte said at the time. She subsequently lost her reelection bid to the Senate by a narrow margin of around 1,000 votes to then-Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

However, Ayotte outperformed Trump in New Hampshire, where Hillary Clinton won by less than 3,000 votes.

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