A longtime adviser to Donald Trump said the former president will continue to be “actively involved” in Republican Party politics.
“The president continues to have enormous support and approval among Republican primary voters. He continues to have hundreds of millions of dollars in his campaign account, which he can utilize. And he will continue to be actively involved in recruiting candidates and holding elected officials accountable for their votes,” Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager, told Fox News on Thursday.
Lewandowski managed Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and confirmed again that the former president form a separate party, after there were rumors and reports saying he might start his own “Patriot Party.”
“I don’t think the president has any interest in being part of a third party,” he said.
Trump’s political team disavowed any affiliation with a newly formed political committee called the MAGA Patriot Party.
“We are not supportive of this effort, have nothing to do with it, and only know about it through public reporting,” campaign adviser Jason Miller said.
Lewandowski did say, however, that the former president would be involved in supporting primary challenges against the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump earlier this month.
“They will all get primary challenges in my opinion,” Lewandowski said. “I don’t know at what level the president’s going to weigh in on each of those races, but I think he will be involved in a number of them.”
Among them is Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the House GOP leadership, who is receiving a primary challenge for her seat in 2022. Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, a Republican, filed a statement of candidacy earlier this month.
“Wyoming was President Trump’s best state both times he ran. That’s because Wyoming voters are strong conservatives who want our leaders to stand up for America, defend our freedoms, fight for our way of life and always put working people first as President Trump did,” Bouchard said in a statement on Jan. 20.
“We’re going to see how much influence the president wants to exert going forward,” Lewandowski told Fox in his interview. “I don’t think anybody knows that yet.”
Polling shows that Trump remains very popular with Republicans, even as members of his party made critical comments following the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.
Trump also met with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy at Mar-a-lago Thursday where the two agreed to work together on Republicans taking back the House in 2022.
“President Trump has agreed to work with Leader McCarthy on helping the Republican Party to become a majority in the House,” according to a statement from Trump-aligned Save America PAC. “They worked very well together in the last election and picked up at least 15 seats when most predicted it would be the opposite. They will do so again, and the work has already started.”
McCarthy tweeted after the meeting: “United and ready to win in ’22”
“For the sake of our country, the radical Democrat agenda must be stopped,” McCarthy said in a statement. “A united conservative movement will strengthen the bonds of our citizens and uphold the freedoms our country was founded on.”
An aide familiar with the meeting said that the meeting was important to move the GOP forward. “They are catching up as McCarthy will be in the neighborhood,” the aide said. “They’ve been on good terms for a while, and that will be important for the party moving forward.”
The Palm Beach confab was arranged after Trump’s team heard the GOP leader was fundraising in Florida as part of his effort to replace Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker after the 2022 elections. Trump’s team invited McCarthy to Mar-a-lago and McCarthy rearranged his schedule to attend, Fox News learned.
Trump’s team alerted the media to the meeting, sources told Fox. Trump has been relatively quiet after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, subsequent impeachment and losing his social media platform on Twitter.
McCarthy believes that everyone should be talking rather than going into their corners, and that includes talking with the Biden Administration as well, sources told Fox News.
Despite GOP losses in the Senate and the White House, Republicans defied expectations in the House by flipping 13 seats from blue to red and winning a 14th seat in Michigan that was held by outgoing Libertarian Justin Amash.
Republicans could potentially pick up a 15th seat in New York in a race between Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Anthony Brindisi that has yet to be decided. Democrats currently hold a narrow 221-211 advantage in the House with three vacancies, putting the GOP in a good position to pick up seats during the midterms, which traditionally have favored the party opposing the sitting president.