President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE reportedly met earlier this week with his former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMeadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump names Mark Meadows as new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s job security looks strong following impeachment MORE to discuss the 2018 midterm elections.
The two met over lunch Tuesday, where Trump pressed Priebus on the electoral landscape ahead of next year’s congressional elections, The Washington Post reported.
The Post also reported that Priebus raised other concerns to the president about the GOP’s performance headed into the elections.
Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee, did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.
Democrats are increasingly optimistic about a wave of victories next year after a series of local electoral wins in recent months.
In Alabama, Doug Jones (D) defeated Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions goes after Tuberville’s coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Sessions fires back at Trump over recusal: ‘I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did” MORE (R) in a special election earlier this month, becoming the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the state in a quarter century.
In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Trump-backed GOP candidate Ed Gillespie in November to become the state’s next governor after a hotly-contested national race. Northam defeated Gillespie by a wider margin than expected.
Priebus, who was replaced by John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE as Trump’s chief of staff earlier this year, rejoined the Wisconsin law firm Michael Best and Friedrich LLP as its president and chief strategist after leaving the Trump administration.
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His reported meeting with Trump comes as the president and Republicans celebrate the passage of their tax overhaul this week, their first major legislative victory since taking control of government.