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McCarthy, Trump hold ‘very good and cordial’ meeting focused on 2022 midterms

Former President Donald Trump met House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday for what was later described as a “very good and cordial” meeting in which the top agenda item was taking back the House of Representatives in 2022.

Although many topics were discussed, according to a readout released by Trump’s Save America leadership PAC, the chief focus was on the upcoming midterm elections, when Republicans have a chance to take back the lower chamber after posting surprising gains in the 2020 elections. Republicans picked up a net gain of at least 10 seats in a year when Democrats hoped anti-Trump furor would help them expand their majority.

“They worked very well together in the last election and picked up at least 15 seats when most predicted it would be the opposite,” said the readout, which was released with a photo of the two men smiling in an ornately decorated room at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. “They will do so again, and the work has already started.”

The meeting took place at Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, where he frequently visited as president and has taken up his post-presidency residence.

In a statement, McCarthy emphasized the “historic results for all Americans” achieved by House Republicans and the Trump administration, saying that the House GOP “defied the experts and the media by expanding our growing coalition across the country.”

“Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022,” he said. “A Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation.”

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The readout also quashed any speculation that Trump would step aside from the Republican Party, praising the former president for his popularity and championing the weight of his endorsement.

“President Trump’s popularity has never been stronger than it is today, and his endorsement means more than perhaps any endorsement at any time,” it said.

McCarthy’s high-profile meeting with Trump was confirmation that the California Republican has chosen to align his political cards with the former president, who still remains largely popular with those in his base. He endorsed Trump in 2016 and has been a longtime Trump ally, earning him the nickname of “My Kevin.” His embrace of the former president sharply diverges from that of McCarthy’s Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell, who has not spoken to Trump since Dec. 15.

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