Republican chairman of the study committee Jim Banks (R-Ind.) And members of the Conservative electoral leadership team hugged former President Trump in Bedminster to discuss their political agenda and path to the majority in 2023 on Thursday, the Indiana Republican told The Post in an interview.
Ten of the RSC’s members, including task force chairmen and members of the group’s steering committee, attended the rally, where banks said they laid out their political vision, modeled on Trump’s agenda, while he was in office.
“We spent almost two hours with the president and President Trump, who is in a good mood. “We talked most of the time about the work that the Republican Committee of Inquiry is doing to define the agenda for the future course of the Republican Party that is fighting for the Trump agenda,”
Banks have been looking to expand the role of the RSC – the largest conservative caucus in Congress – in the House GOP’s messaging efforts and try to offer contrasting policy proposals to the Biden administration before the next election cycle.
According to a source in the room, Trump referred to the Indiana Republican as the “new type of leader we need in the party.”
While the Republican Party has struggled with the path it should take in the post-Trump era – with Trump critics arguing that it should shift away from the former president – banks have been among the loudest in its calls for to lean into Trumpism and argue that incorporating portions of Trump’s populist messages is the best way forward to preserve the GOP base he attracted during his term.
Banks said Trump has promised to hit the campaign track for candidates who support the RSC’s message before the 2022 midterm elections.
“We believe we are taking back the majority by focusing on the Trump agenda, and President Trump is playing a big role in that,” he said. “He’s obviously planning to go out and hit the road and campaign for candidates who share our vision, and we were happy to talk to him about that.”
The visit to Bedminster comes as Trump has expressed interest in potentially seeking the GOP’s presidential election in 2023. RSC has met a number of potential 2024 candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Senator Marco Rubio from Florida and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, where others reached out to meet with the group.
The Indiana Republican said Trump did not discuss 2024 ambitions with the group, but members of the group support a potential bid.
“I can say that members of our group are very encouraging and if they do not encourage him to run in 2024, he encourages him to continue to communicate with the American people and engage with the American people,” he said. .