Trump paying first visit to GOP rank-and-file in Congress


WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is paying his first visit to rank-and-file congressional Republicans, appearing Thursday morning at closed-door meetings of the House and Senate GOP caucuses.

The gatherings come less than two weeks before a GOP convention that a number of leading Republicans are skipping, including some in Congress. And while Trump is sure to be greeted enthusiastically by a handful of lawmakers, many more have expressed skepticism, criticism or outright opposition to a presidential candidate who has flouted conservative principles and divided the Republican Party.

Several have questions for Trump; others have already offered advice that the candidate has not necessarily accepted. Still others plan to skip Thursday’s meetings entirely.

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