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Senior Republicans are split over how to treat Trump: Pay homage at Mar-a-Lago or refuse to 'bend the knee' - CNN Politics

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Senior Republicans are split over how to treat former President Donald Trump, with the No. 2 House Republican making a personal pilgrimage to visit him on the same day that the top Senate Republican vowed never to "bend the knee" in that way.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana met privately with Trump on Wednesday at the former President’s Mar-a-Lago estate, CNN has learned, on the same day that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell vowed never to do so.

The Republican familiar with both men’s thinking said that Trump was not planning to put out his statement until after McConnell published his op-ed, which Trump saw as adding insult to injury.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, shares McConnell’s goal of winning back the GOP majority, but with one key difference: The California Republican believes Republicans need Trump on their side.

McCarthy has continued to embrace the former President, traveling himself to Mar-a-Lago last month and extracting a pledge from Trump to help elect a Republican majority in the House in 2022.

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