Start of a Politico report:
The Trump campaign has reached out to the House Freedom Caucus to schedule a meeting with the chamber’s most ardent conservatives — many of whom are also his biggest critics on the Hill.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais — one of the few Freedom Caucus members who has endorsed Trump — pitched the idea to the caucus board Tuesday night on behalf of the Trump campaign. The Tennessee Republican is working behind the scenes to coordinate Trump’s outreach to lawmakers.
The board members, led by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), agreed to set-up the meeting, though nothing is has been formally scheduled.
Trump comes to Capitol Hill Thursday to meet with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the rest of GOP leadership. And while campaign surrogates on the Hill told POLITICO he plans to meet with bigger groups of lawmakers eventually, he doesn’t plan to do so this week.
His meeting with the Freedom Caucus is sure to be a tense one. Conservatives say his tone and comments suggest he doesn’t respect the constitution. They’re wary of his views of executive branch authority, and many have problems with Trump’s views on minimum wage and abortion.