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Trump to meet face-to-face with this top Republican leader for first time in nearly four years

Longtime Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Senate Republicans plan to meet with former President Donald Trump in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

This will be the first time President Trump and Senator McConnell have met in person in nearly four years.

Trump, who is presumed to be the Republican presidential nominee, will hold private meetings with House Republicans on Thursday morning and Senate Republicans on Thursday afternoon.

McConnell reiterated to reporters on Wednesday that he would be at the meeting tomorrow.

With candidates backed by Trump winning by a landslide in the Republican primaries, Trump’s grip on the Republican Party remains strong.

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speak to reporters in the Rose Garden following a luncheon at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 16, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

McConnell and Trump have not spoken since December 2020, after their working relationship cooled following Biden’s election victory over then-President Trump.

McConnell formally acknowledged Biden’s victory in the presidential election after former Vice President Biden’s win was confirmed by the Electoral College on December 15, 2020.

Weeks later, McConnell said Trump was “morally responsible” for the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters who sought to overturn the congressional certification of Biden’s White House win.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made the remarks during a presentation at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky on April 2. (Fox News)

In the years that followed, Trump frequently denounced McConnell in social media posts, calling him, among other things, a “total loser.” He also made disparaging remarks about McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Trump’s transportation secretary.

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But fast forward to this year, McConnell endorsed Trump in early March after he secured the 2024 Republican nomination.

Former President Trump spoke during a campaign rally in New Jersey.

Former President Trump spoke at a campaign event held at Wildwood Beach in Wildwood, New Jersey on May 11. (Hannah Beyer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“It’s abundantly clear that former President Trump has earned the necessary support from the Republican base to be the nominee for president of the United States,” McConnell said at the time. “It’s no surprise that I would endorse him as the nominee.”

“Three years ago, shortly after the attack on the Capitol, I said I would support our nominee, including him, no matter who he was. I said earlier this year that I would support him. He is worthy of being nominated by voters across the country,” McConnell said at the Senate’s weekly leadership press conference on Wednesday.

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