Tennessee Republican congressmen came out of a meeting with Donald Trump Thursday praising the party’s presumptive presidential nominee and declaring commitment to help him get elected; reports Michael Collins.
“Mr. Trump was well-received by House Republican members,” said Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin. “He focused on his agenda for getting the economy moving and bringing people together. There was great energy and enthusiasm in that room, and with Donald Trump at the top of the ballot, we are all ready to take on Hillary Clinton this November and hold our majorities in the House and Senate.”
Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood described the meeting as positive. “He took questions from many members, addressed the issues, and focused on unity and winning in November,” she said.
With the Republican National Convention kicking off in Cleveland in a little more than a week, Trump made the rounds on Capitol Hill in meetings billed as a chance for lawmakers to get to know the presumptive GOP nominee for president.
In his meeting with House Republicans, Trump spent roughly a half-hour talking about policy and issues such as caring for veterans, strengthening the military and repealing and replacing Obamacare, said Rep. Scott DesJarlais of South Pittsburg.
Rep. Phil Roe of Johnson City liked what he heard from Trump. “I was very happy about his call to work together with Congress and his support of our conservative agenda,” Roe said.
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Ooltewah called the meeting “very productive” and said he looks forward to the upcoming convention.
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. of Knoxville also called the meeting “very positive.”
“The House Republican Conference is uniform in support of his campaign,” Duncan said. “He said many of the same things he talks about at his rallies, but he also gave us an update on his expanded fundraising efforts.”
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Trump had “a good, hour-long visit” with senators.
“I asked him about education and national security, and I liked his answers,” Alexander said. ” I especially liked his commitment to make sure that as president he would implement the law fixing No Child Left Behind the way Congress wrote it and restore local control of education.”