Trump Repairs GOP Relationships Ahead Of 2018 Midterm Battle

Republicans who once questioned President Trump’s competence or called him a “jackass” have spent recent weeks singing his praises and joining him on Air Force One as the president works to repair strained relationships on Capitol Hill ahead of the midterms.

Facing the prospect of a Democratic wave in November, the White House and GOP lawmakers have already begun to bridge their past differences in preparation for the political battle they will fight together over the next 10 months.

Trump spent the first days of 2018 huddling with GOP congressional leaders at Camp David, where they presented a united front despite the feuds Trump has waged with many of the party’s top leaders.

“It is a recognition by both President Trump and his Republican congressional critics that they need each other for political survival,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist.

“When he does things that are not seen as presidential or the way that necessarily a lot of folks would play something, they’re not running to TV booths anymore to criticize him,” O’Connell said of congressional Republicans. “They recognize that if he goes away or if they lessen his power, they might be next on the chopping block. But if he succeeds, they succeed.”

Read more from Sarah Westwood at the Washington Examiner

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