President Donald Trump has been a regular visitor to Washington, D.C., but he hasn’t been as frequent as he used to be during the campaign, which was plagued by allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
And while some of his supporters in Congress are reportedly already eyeing a 2020 bid, many in the Republican Party are waiting to see what happens in Congress to elect a Republican president.
Politico’s Mike Allen reported that Republican members of Congress, including Sens.
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Trump’s supporters are hopeful that his absence will spark new ideas in Congress and spur a surge in the popularity of the party, but the Republican establishment is wary of the idea of a Trump 2020 run.
“The Republican Party in 2018 has not been a Republican party for many years,” a top GOP insider told Politico.
“This is the time to make a move.”
If that doesn’t happen, many of the country’s leading Republicans are exploring a 2020 run, including Rep. Ryan Zinke Ryan Keith ZinkeThe National Guard and the Military: Do we want them to?
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Trump’s critics have been equally skeptical of the possibility of a 2020 Republican presidential bid.
Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly accused Democrats of “scavenging” the GOP for political advantage, and their rhetoric has fueled the perception that the party is on the verge of losing control of the White House.
The GOP establishment is confident that they can retain their majority in Congress, and that Trump will not be able to govern on their terms.
The Democratic Party is expected to retake the House in 2018, and Democrats will have a strong chance of winning the Senate, according to recent polling.
But Republicans are also worried that a Trump presidency would make it harder for them to pass the most important pieces of legislation in the GOP agenda, like the tax reform bill.
While it’s possible that Republicans could lose the House and the Senate to Democrats in 2020, they have no doubt about the fact that a 2020 White House run would make the GOP more vulnerable to Democrats’ next-generation progressive agenda.
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Ryan, for one, remains very concerned about Trump’s future.
Ryan told Politico on Monday that he doesn’t think Trump will run again.
“I don’t think he’ll be back,” Ryan said of the president.
“We need to make sure we’re not compromising our values, our ideals.
If we’re compromising, then I think the American people are going to lose confidence in our leadership.”
“We can’t be afraid of the future,” Ryan added.
“It’s not going to be like a Trump administration.
It’s not about the future, it’s about the present.”