- Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy met for three hours in Mar-a-Lago on Monday, the NYT reports.
- They first met since leaked audio showed McCarthy asking Trump to step down after January 6.
- Trump, according to the Times, has repeatedly and incorrectly called McCarthy “Speaker”.
Former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met for three hours on Monday at his club in Mar-a-Lago in Florida, the New York Times reported.
The two met for the first time since the leaked audio revealed that McCarthy blamed Trump for the January 6 siege of the Capitol and told fellow Republicans that he was planning to ask the former president to resign from. post on January 10, 2021, in the wake of the attack.
Two New York Times reporters, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, released tapes in support of McCarthy’s observations accounts in their book “This Will Not Pass.” after McCarthy repeatedly denied making the comments. The book, released Tuesday, details the internal riot in the Republican Party for Trump and January 6.
“My gut tells me no. I’m seriously thinking about having that conversation with him tonight,” McCarthy said when asked if he thought Trump would step down. “From what I know about him, I mean you know him too, do you think he would ever back down?”
In another audio obtained and released by the authors, McCarthy wondered aloud if Twitter could suspend the accounts of Republican members of his caucus who posted inflammatory or conspiratorial tweets about the January 6 uprising.
He also said Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida and Trump’s staunch ally, was “putting people in danger” with his public attacks on GOP lawmakers who criticized Trump, such as Wyoming Rep Liz Cheney.
During Monday’s meeting, according to the Times, Trump responded to multiple calls in which he incorrectly referred to McCarthy as a “speaker.” The current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is a Democrat. If Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives in November, however, McCarthy is very likely to become a speaker.
Trump, according to the Times, is said to be “enjoying his current moment of domination over the minority leader” as McCarthy seeks to mend his relationship with Trump before midterm 2022, where Trump could play a key role in strengthening the members of the Republican Chamber.
—Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 3, 2022
Democrats and Republicans critical of Trump alike have criticized McCarthy as “inept” and “spineless” for calling on Trump to step down behind closed doors while remaining publicly mute. Pro-Trump Republicans have also criticized McCarthy for his comments.
“While I was rallying in Wyoming against Liz Cheney … Kevin McCarthy was defending Liz Cheney among the House Republicans,” tweeted Gaetz. “@GOPLader – you should have trusted my instincts, not yours.”