Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and members of the leadership team of the conservative caucus met with former President Trump on Thursday in Bedminster to discuss his policy agenda and path to majority in 2023, the Indiana Republican. told The Post. an interview.
Ten members of the RSC, including the task force chair and members of the group’s steering committee, attended the gathering, where Banks said he laid out his policy vision, which was modeled after Trump’s agenda when he was in office.
“We spent about two hours with President Trump, who is in great spirits. We spent most of the time talking about the work the Republican Study Committee is doing to define the agenda for the future course of the Republican Party. Which is fighting for Trump’s agenda,” Banks said. “We talked about our electoral integrity bill, The Save Democracy Act, which he was very supportive of, and we talked about how we went ahead. What has it done to define increased immigration?”
Banks has looked to expand the RSC – the largest conservative caucus in Congress – to a role in the House GOP’s messaging efforts, attempting to offer the Biden administration the opposite policy proposals ahead of 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 — Trump’s critics argue it should move away from the former president — Banks has been the most vocal in leaning into Trumpism, arguing that That being included in parts of Trump’s populist message is the best route to maintaining the GOP base during his tenure.
Banks said Trump has vowed to hit the campaign trail for candidates who support the RSC’s message ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
“We believe we take back the majority by focusing on Trump’s agenda, and President Trump plays a big role in that,” he said. “He clearly plans to go out and hit the road and campaign for candidates who share our vision, and we were excited to talk to him about that.”
Bedminster’s visit comes as Trump has expressed interest in a possible demand for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2023. The RSC has met with potential 2024 candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among others. arrived for.
The Indiana Republican said Trump did not discuss 2024 ambitions with the group, but group members are in support of a potential bid.
“All I can say is that the members of our group are very encouraging, and if not encourage them to run in 2024, encourage them to continue to communicate and engage with the American people,” he said. said.