Trump makes peace with the Club for Growth


previous president Donald Trump The Growth Club appears to have made peace.

After being at war with each other over the past year, Trump and Club for Growth President David McIntosh met for dinner Wednesday evening at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting. . McIntosh will also travel with Trump on Saturday to South Carolina, where the former president is campaigning ahead of the state’s Republican primary on February 24.

This rapprochement represents the latest turning point in the ongoing hot-and-cold relationship between Trump and the conservative organization. Tensions were particularly high between the two sides over the past year, when an outside group affiliated with the Club for Growth launched a failed multimillion-dollar television ad campaign aimed at overwhelming Trump in early primary states. The group linked to the club halted its anti-Trump efforts last August, after it became clear they were not successful.

The moves are another indication of how the Republican Party is coalescing around Trump as he asserts control over the party’s nomination. The former president has received the endorsements of several former rivals in the primaries, and he has begun to do so as well Attract donors Who was previously on the sidelines.

The complicated relationship between Trump and the Club for Growth dates back to the 2016 Republican primaries, when the anti-tax group spent heavily to prevent Trump from winning the nomination. But Trump and McIntosh, the former Indiana congressman, struck up a relationship during his presidency, which carried over into the post-Trump White House years, when McIntosh emerged as an informal adviser.

However, Trump and McIntosh split during the 2022 Ohio Senate primary, when Trump supported J.D. Vance and the Club for Growth endorsed a rival candidate, Josh Mandel. At one point during the race, Trump sent an obscene text message, through an aide, to McIntosh when it became clear that the Club for Growth was not backing down from its support for Mandel. Vance would go on to win the election.

Early the next year, McIntosh told reporters that Republicans should be open to another candidate besides Trump in the 2024 election. Shortly after, the Club for Growth did not invite Trump to a donor meeting it was hosting, although it did invite other Republican presidential candidates. .

After he launched the Growth Club Anti-Trump affiliate In July 2023, Trump criticized the group, calling it the “No Growth Club.”

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