As President Donald Trump was reportedly planning a high-stakes battle to reclaim his presidency’s momentum, two of his two sons and his daughter-in-law were meeting with Republican leaders this week.
The Thursday meeting included Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Eric’s wife, Lara.
Lara Trump serves as a consultant to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., run the Trump Organization.
The meeting was first reported by the Washington Post, which said the meeting was a two-hour strategy session focused on the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 presidential election.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, RNC chief of staff Sara Armstrong, former Trump campaign digital strategist Brad Parscale, and Trump campaign committee director Michael Glassner were also at the meeting.
The Post said the meeting divided Republicans into two camps. Without revealing any of the names of its sources, it said two Republicans worried whether it was “appropriate” to talk political strategy with Trump’s sons.
Under the president’s divestment plan for his business operations, his two oldest sons run his business while their father has no direct involvement.
Others, however said family members were able to give the RNC a perspective on what the RNC could do that would be helpful to Trump as 2018 and 2020 approach.
The Post, quoting sources it said were “familiar with the meeting,” said the Trump family members “did not pressure the RNC to follow their suggestions or to let them control aspects of the party.”
Trump’s family members did say they want the Republican Party to help “reignite” Trump’s political base, according to the Post.
The meeting took place just days before reports emerged that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, sought to open unconventional, discreet communications with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday he wasn’t be concerned about connections Kushner was attempting to set up with Russia.