- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 28, 2021

Former President Donald Trump pledged on Thursday to help House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the GOP win back the House majority in 2022. 

Emerging from a fence-mending meeting at Mr. Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, the former president said through his super PAC that “the work has already started” on the 2022 campaign.

“President Trump‘s popularity has never been stronger than it is today,” the Save America PAC said in a statement. “And his endorsement means more than perhaps any endorsement at any time. President Trump has agreed to work with Leader McCarthy on helping the Republican Party to become a majority in the House.”

Mr. Trump‘s camp also released a photo of the pair standing next to each other at the Palm Beach club, smiling. 

Mr. McCarthy had angered Mr. Trump and his supporters for saying the former president bears responsibility for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Since then, the California Republican has backed off his comments.  

Following the meeting, Mr. 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.”

“Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022,” Mr. McCarthy said. “A Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation. Democrats, on the other hand, have only put forward an agenda that divides us — such as impeaching a President who is now a private citizen and destroying blue-collar energy jobs. For the sake of our country, the radical Democrat agenda must be stopped.”

The PAC’s statement described their meeting as “a very good and cordial one.”

“They discussed many topics. Number One of which was taking back the House in 2022,” the statement said. “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.”

Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Mr. Trump for inciting the riot, including House Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who now faces a furious backlash in the party over her vote.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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