The debate over what to pursue and how to proceed show that even after December’s big tax victory, Republicans are still struggling to fully wield their power in the Trump era. The party is torn between its moderates and conservatives, its Trump-like populists and its fiscal hawks — each with their own priorities. And as the window for legislative accomplishments closes with the midterm campaigns approaching, charting a course at the Camp David powwow couldn’t be more important.
Attendees include not only Ryan, McConnell and McCarthy but Republican whips Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a half-dozen cabinet members, and senior White House staff, including chief of staff John Kelly and legislative director Marc Short.
White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said Friday that attendees will also be discussing the opioids crisis as well as Trump’s nominations. GOP leaders will be briefed on a number of national security items, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen all in attendance.
Looks like we are bracing for @POTUS Saturday Night Massacre with ur secret closed “loyalty meeting” at Camp David. Jeff Sessions @TheJusticeDept not invited. Golf buddy @LindseyGrahamSC & McConnell front and center. Cementing Lies and Loyalty? #SellOuts #TheResistance #Vote
— Bobbie Pittman (@Fairdeal2000) January 6, 2018
JUST IN: DOJ spokesperson, asked about Sessions not attending President Trump’s Camp David 2018 legislative priorities discussion, responds: “We weren’t invited.”
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) January 5, 2018
A behind the scenes look: President Trump met with Congressional leaders at Camp David to discuss the 2018 policy agenda. pic.twitter.com/oQivlwCsca
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 6, 2018