House Speaker Mike Johnson Visits Donald Trump At Mar-A-Lago
Johnson’s go to is the newest signal that congressional Republicans stay dedicated to Trump, because the ex-president defends himself in a number of prison circumstances. The assembly remembers former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago weeks after Trump instigated a riot on the U.S. Capitol in January 2021.
Spokespeople for Johnson and Trump didn’t reply to requests for affirmation of the assembly.
Leading the House Republican convention is a tough balancing act that requires placating the die-hard Trump supporters on one facet with out overly alienating reasonable Republicans on the opposite facet. McCarthy misplaced the speaker’s gavel final month after he disenchanted far-right lawmakers by not shutting down the federal government like Trump had advisable.
Johnson himself angered the right-wingers by not shutting down the federal government this month, however up to now has not confronted a severe reprisal. Last week he fulfilled a key hardliner demand by releasing safety digicam footage from contained in the Capitol throughout the January 2021 riot, when Trump supporters attacked police, stormed the constructing and interrupted the certification of Trump’s loss within the 2020 election. Trump’s allies have already used the footage to broaden their repertoire of baseless conspiracy theories blaming shadowy actors for the assault.
Last week throughout an interview on CNBC, Johnson endorsed Trump in his bid to retake the White House. When requested about Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 election consequence and “questions about democracy,” Johnson mentioned voters ought to focus as a substitute on coverage and extra parochial issues.
“I think you set aside those things and you look at what is best for your family, you look at what is best for your security, your safety, the economy, your pocketbook, all of these things,” Johnson mentioned. “We have to make radical changes.”