Chairman Mike Johnson met with former President Trump on Monday night at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, a person familiar with the meeting confirmed to The Hill.
Johnson was at Trump’s residence to raise money for Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida). This is the first direct meeting between Johnson and Trump since Johnson took over as chairman in late October.
President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson have a friendly relationship, with Johnson last week saying he is “fully committed” to supporting Trump’s 2024 White House bid.
“I support him wholeheartedly,” Johnson told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“He had a phenomenal first term,” the Speaker added. “As you all know, his first two years delivered the greatest economic numbers not only in the history of this country but in the history of the world because his policies worked. And I fully support President Trump. doing.”
In 2020, Mr. Johnson was one of the key members of Congress promoting a legal theory denying President Biden’s election victory, as Mr. Trump spread false claims that the election was fraudulent, and Mr. Trump was given the speaker’s gavel. After winning the award, he called Mr. Johnson “MAGA Mike.”
President Trump nominated Johnson to be speaker of the House in late October after the ouster of Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and three other efforts to replace McCarthy failed. He later called on MPs to rally behind Mr Johnson.
Mr. Trump initially supported Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to replace Mr. McCarthy, but Mr. Jordan did not have enough support within the House Republican conference.
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