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Top Conservative In The House Plotting Post-Trump Republican Party

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One of the most influential leaders in the House conservative caucus seems to have accepted that President Trump isn’t going to be in the White House come January and has already started plotting a post-Trump future for the GOP.

The strategy being cooked up is one that takes the populist agenda of the president and combines it with traditional conservative thought, forming a hybrid sort of platform he believes has an excellent chance of winning elections on a national scale.

via Washington Examiner:

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“The Trump agenda was what was popular — not Trump the man,” Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, incoming chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “As it appears more and more likely that Trump will not be in the White House and we will begin the post-Trump era, our party has to begin a conversation of what we look like moving forward. No one is having that conversation. I want to lead it.”

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The RSC focuses on writing legislation and, over the years, has been a springboard for prominent Republicans such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Banks assumes command of the group in January.

The 41-year-old congressman and military veteran views Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden as a failure of personality, not policy, pointing to Republican gains in Congress as proof the commander in chief’s legislative portfolio resonates. Banks wants to keep what worked, pairing popular elements of Trump populism with a fresh slate of reforms rooted in pre-Trump conservative principles that address healthcare, deficit reduction, and other thorny political issues.

Banks said that he wants to pitch this new course of action for the Republican Party with more of a unifying tone.

“No one in the conservative movement is having the conversation about how we bring Bush compassionate conservatives and marry them with Trump populists — the party of Reagan with the party of Trump,” the congressman said. “How do we fold all that together into a winning party, a winning message, a winning agenda?”

Banks admitted that he doesn’t foresee the future of the Republican Party looking any less like Trump in the future.

“Almost all members of our party in our Republican conference, today, are very loyal to President Trump,” he continued. “We rally around his agenda, his message. I don’t see that changing. I really believe the party is going to look a lot more like Trump for a generation than it’s going to look like George W. Bush … or Reagan.”

“I want the next two years to focus my chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee [on] having this conversation of where the party and where the conservative movement goes from here to rebuild the conservative movement so we can win elections moving forward,” Banks concluded.

At the end of the day, what we really need to focus on is how the president’s agenda really meshed well with the vast majority of the American people.

Folks all across the country seem to largely be in agreement with his platform. It seems what most people had a problem with was some of the president’s behavior. The tweeting and venting, perhaps some of the more childish moments of attack he launched at folks for disagreeing with him.

These, of course, are minor issues, especially when you look at Trump’s very awesome track record, but it still seemed to bother many voters.

What people really want is someone who will definitely speak out and fight on their behalf, who will keep their word and protect their rights, but do so in a specific manner that is less crude for lack of a better term.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see if Banks’ vision for the future comes true, because for now, the election is still up in the air, and we may, if we’re lucky, get Trump for four more years.

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Israeli Prime Minister Has Historic Meeting With Saudi Prince In Saudi Arabia

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In a historic first for both Israel and Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a meeting in the city of Neom, Saudi Arabia. This is the first time that a publicly acknowledged meeting between a prime minister of the Israeli government and high-level officials of the government of Saudi Arabia has ever taken place. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the historic event, along with Israeli Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen. https://twitter.com/AmichaiStein1/status/1330773342295646210 via The Daily Wire: The meeting is the latest development in the ongoing growth of Arab nations rejecting their previous hostility toward Israel and joining in the effort to counter Iran, which they see as the gravest threat to peace in the Middle East. Those developments were fostered by the Trump administration, which rejected the dangerous Iran nuclear deal embraced by the Obama administration and instead concentrated on bolstering relations between Israel and the surrounding Gulf states. The astonishing rapidity of Arab nations such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan all joining the Abraham Accords within three months in 2020 represented a historic shift in the Middle East, nurtured by President Trump. It’s not surprising that Israel and Saudi Arabia would go public with the meeting between Netanyahu and the Saudi prince; they must be worried that a prospective Biden administration would coddle the despotic Iranian regime as the Obama administration did. Of course, all of these great strides toward peace in the Middle East could easily be destroyed if President Trump is not certified to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Former Vice President Joe Biden has already made it very clear he will rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, which will no doubt strain our relationship with Israel and many other nations in the region. How…

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Leader For Warp Speed Program Says First Americans Could Receive COVID Vaccine In December

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Moncef Slaoui, the head of the U.S. coronavirus vaccine program, made an appearance on CNN over the weekend where he said that the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine could be administered to Americans around December 11. “Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or the 12th of December,” Slaoui said. According to Slaoui, the efforts to get a vaccine ready as quickly as possible and distribute it among Americans is not going to be derailed if there happens to be a change in administration. via Newsmax: “All decisions are made, the train is running. Whether one administration or the other doesn’t, frankly, make a difference,” Slaoui said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The operation “has been isolated from the administration, from the political environment, and the political context,” said Slaoui, a former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines operation. Yet information on the program isn’t been shared with the incoming Biden administration, he said, consistent with President Donald Trump’s failure to acknowledge his election loss. “I have been informed that I should not be saying anything that’s confidential to anybody, including, you know, anybody that’s not part of the administration, and therefore, I’ll act according to what the legal requirements are,” Slaoui stated. To summarize, Slaoui is saying that if President Trump’s lawsuits and recounts turn out to prove that Joe Biden really is the rightful president, the change in administration will not result in delays for the vaccine getting out to the people. Hopefully, this vaccine will turn out to be safe and effective, allowing folks to choose how they want to protect themselves and their loved ones from infection in the future.  

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