(USA Features) Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said last week that his onetime boss, former President Donald Trump, has been meeting with “Cabinet members” at his Bedminster, N.J., golf course in recent days.
During an interview with Newsmax TV host and former Trump adviser Steve Cortes, Meadows said that the meetings were focused on “what comes next” in terms of the 2022 and 2024 election cycles, with an eye towards helping Republicans win back majorities in Congress and also retake the White House.
“We met with several of our Cabinet members tonight,” Meadows said on Thursday.
“We actually had a follow-up member — meeting with some of our Cabinet members, and as we were looking at that. We were looking at what does come next,” he added.
“I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president, but I can tell you this, Steve: We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket,” Meadows added.
The former GOP lawmaker from North Carolina did not name any Cabinet members specifically but said that the talks were focused primarily on how best to win back the House, perhaps the Senate, and certainly the White House in the next two election cycles.
In addition, Meadows discussed strategy with Cortes, telling the host that strategy includes possible adoption of a 1994 “Contract With America” approach that helped Republicans regain control over the House during then-President Bill Clinton’s first term after he signed a series of unpopular Democrat-pushed initiatives including an “assault weapons” ban and hefty new tax increases.
The architect of the ‘contract,’ then-House Minority Leader Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., is having discussions with Trump regarding a similar strategy, Meadows said. Gingrich would go on to become House Speaker after Republicans took control.
Some have expressed concern over the discussions and mention of the term “Cabinet,” including New York Times writer Maggie Haberman.
“I can’t stop thinking about this interview,” she wrote on Twitter.
“The former chief of staff is talking as if there’s a shadow presidency going on (there isn’t) at a time when there’s a conspiracy theory that Trump will be reinstated (he won’t) and as Trump has urged some advisers to keep saying it,” she added.
Some allies of the president including MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell have advanced the theory that somehow the former president will be reinstalled in the White House after a series of ballot audits in battleground states.
Neither Lindell nor anyone else touting the conspiracy, however, has discussed how they believe that could happen, given there is no constitutional process for it.
Nevertheless, Meadows said Trump’s support in many of those states remains very high, which is unusual for a former president, and that he remains focused on the ‘America First’ platform and message.