Trump meets with ‘Cabinet members’ at his New Jersey golf club, triggering CNN’s Jim Acosta

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows noted somewhat cryptically on Friday that his onetime boss, former President Donald Trump, has been meeting with “Cabinet members” at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club this week.

In an interview with Newsmax host Steve Cortes, also a former Trump adviser, Meadows, who stepped down from the House as a GOP representative from North Carolina to take his White House post, said that the conversations between Trump and his unknown former Cabinet members are about “what comes next” regarding the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election cycle.

Cortes asked Meadows at one point during the interview if he had any breaking news he wanted to share about meetings with Trump.

“We met with several of our Cabinet members tonight,” Meadows said. “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. 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,” he added.

The former chief of staff did not name names as far as who attended those meetings. However, by using the term “Cabinet” he has raised some eyebrows given claims among some allies of the former president including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell that Trump can be reinstated though no one has realistically presented any evidence our laid out any constitutional process for that to occur.

“I can’t stop thinking about this interview,” New York Times reporter and frequent Trump critic Maggie Haberman tweeted.

“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 without clarifying who Trump has “urged.”

CNN’s Jim Acosta was among those who were triggered over the meetings.

Earlier in the interview, Meadows responded to the results of a special election in Texas in which the candidate that the former president endorsed did not come out on top. Meadows said there weren’t supposed to be two Republicans in that race but either way it was a victory for the “America First” movement because both candidates back those policies.

He also said that Trump’s endorsement remains incredibly important and valuable and that he has more clout, perhaps historically, than any prior president in terms of tipping elections to endorsed candidates.

Meadows said recent polling out of Texas and Arizona found approval for the former president at “91, 92 percent.”

“You don’t get that after being in office four years,” Meadows said. “So the magic is still there. We’ve been here, actually, working on” Republicans winning back the presidency in 2024, winning Congress in 2022, and even winning back some “state houses” such as Virginia.

Later, Cortes said he believes Republicans can win back the House utilizing a winning strategy devised ahead of the 1994 midterms by then-House Minority Leader Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) known as the “Contract With America,” a series of policy proposals that Republicans guaranteed to introduce if they took the majority. Republicans did — for the first time in more than four decades.

After Cortes played a clip of Gingrich discussing the plan during a stump speech at the time, Meadows responded by noting that the former House Speaker was working with Trump to devise a similar set of macro-policies supported by majorities of the American people to present during next year’s elections.

Jon Dougherty

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