Representative Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, reportedly dined with Bannon to discuss how to push the Republican legislative agenda through the remainder of the fall.
Attention Paul Ryan! Bannon and crew plotted for two hours Monday with Mark Meadows, head of the Freedom Caucus. https://t.co/Vt2NARr4lf
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 5, 2017
“Bannon has been strategizing with them on how they can pass conservative measures,” said a source close to the administration and Bannon told Buzzfeed News. The source referred to Bannon as an advocate “for the administration” rather than “of the administration”; from the outside, Bannon can occasionally criticize the president and more often criticize those “misadvising the president.”
Meadows himself appeared to provide an early indication of their strategy during a statement to reporters. Instead of faulting Trump for backing the Democrats, he set his sights on Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
There were no conservative solutions offered to the president in relationship to addressing the debt ceiling,” Meadows said, claiming that Trump made a decision between “no deal and a bad deal.” He added: “Increasing the limit on a credit card without making any reforms is not a conservative solution.”
Breitbart also took the opportunity to lambast Trump for cutting the deal with Pelosi and Schumer. A banner at the top of its homepage declared “MEET THE SWAMP” yesterday afternoon.