(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump is expected to meet next week with members of the House Republican Study Committee, the party’s policy arm, in New Jersey to plot political strategy ahead of the 2022 elections.
“At Republican Study Committee, we’ve been very busy as we develop the consensus conservative agenda for the future of the Republican Party, and that agenda is the Trump agenda,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., the committee’s chairman, said, noting that the June 10 trip will be the first time several GOP members have met with the former president since he left office.
“We’re looking forward to going up to visit with him to discuss what we’ve been up to and what we plan to do for not just the rest of this term in the minority, but when we get the majority back, but talk to him about what we, what we hope to accomplish,” Banks said, according to the New York Post.
Trump has been asked on a number of occasions during recent interviews if he was planning on running for president a third time in 2024, but he has demurred, saying he first wants to see how his party does in next year’s elections.
Other potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates have met recently with the study committee including former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, The Post reported.
Last month, Trump moved his political and fundraising operations from his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida to his Bedminster, NJ resort and golf course for the summer.
Banks has been increasingly taking the lead role in expanding his party’s messaging. Most policies are based on those implemented by Trump during his term.
The Indiana Republican also said that Trump met often with the study group when he was in office to confer on policy.
“At RSC, what we’ve been focused on is really developing an agenda, the traditional conservative issues that RSC has always been involved with: balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility, we released our budget last week, strong national defense, and pro-life, social conservative issues,” said Banks, according to The Post.
“But really, President Trump, where he’s led our party, is to be more focused on the China threat and RSC has been very active on that front,” Banks added.
“And China trade issues, big tech issues are very important to RSC, we’re very active in that space, confronting the big tech’s free speech and censorship of conservatives,” he continued, according to The Post.
“We have our election integrity bill that I introduced, the Save Democracy Act. RSC is doing more on the immigration front than it has ever done before, and we look forward to talking to him about that.”