Former President Donald Trump and current Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson met at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home. At this point, it’s unknown what, specifically, was discussed, but the speaker has expressed support for a second term for Donald Trump. It’s likely that plans for a second Trump term were a topic of conversation but as yet no details have been released.
A source familiar with this meeting confirmed it to The Hill. Speaker Mike Johnson and former President Trump met at Mar-a-Lago, Florida on Monday night.
Johnson was on Trump’s property for a fundraiser to support Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla. This was the first time Johnson had spoken to Trump in person since Johnson took over as Speaker at the end of October.
Trump and Johnson enjoy a good relationship. The Speaker said last week that he is “all in” on Trump’s bid for the White House in 2024.
Johnson has backed Trump in the past. This includes the time following the 2020 elections.
The Speaker continued, “He had an incredible first term.” “His policies have worked, and you know that his first two years brought the best economic results in history, not only for the country but the entire world. “I’m in full support of President Trump.”
Johnson was one of many lawmakers who pushed a legal theory in 2020 to reject President Biden’s election win, while Trump made false claims about the fraudulent nature of the election. Trump also referred to Johnson as “MAGA Mike” after he was elected Speaker.
The news comes at a time when former President Trump is leading the polls, commanding as of this writing 59.4 percent of the RealClearPolitics average polling for the Republican nomination. Biden currently holds 72 percent of the RealClearPolitics polling average for the Democrat presidential nomination. This makes a Trump/Biden rematch more likely.
Speaker Johnson released all the tapes on January 6th.
Why is this important? If Donald Trump Grover Cleveland into a second, historic non-consecutive term (just ask him), he’ll have an ambitious agenda and will need to be helped by a friendly Congress. As president, a good rapport with the Speaker of the House (assuming that the GOP will hold the House during the 2024 elections), and the Senate Republicans, will be not only important, but it could be irreplaceable. It’s safe for us to assume, given the recent vitriol directed by Democrat politicians at Trump, that there won’t be much support from congressional Democrats in favor of a Trump agenda.