Trump huddling with advisers on 2022 game plan, but insiders say former president makes the ‘real decisions'

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The king of the GOP is gathering his court.

Former President Donald Trump is expected to meet Wednesday with several members of his political team as well as outside advisers to discuss potential endorsements and races to emphasize in this year’s midterm elections. But what decisions are hammered out at the gathering is debatable.

Trump, one year removed from the White House, remains very popular and influential with the conservative base of the Republican Party as he continues to play a kingmaker’s role in GOP politics while he repeatedly flirts with another White House run in 2024.

The huddle at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, comes as Trump’s already made over 80 endorsements in 2022 races, from Senate, governor and other statewide contests all the way down the ballot to state legislative elections. But he has yet to endorse in high-profile, crucial and crowded GOP primaries for Senate in Arizona, Missouri and Ohio, nor has he backed a contender in competitive gubernatorial primaries in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Complicating matters is that different Trump advisers are backing rival candidates in many of these races where the former president has yet to make an endorsement. Or in the case of the combustible GOP Senate primary in battleground Pennsylvania, Trump has yet to make another endorsement.

In Pennsylvania, Trump backed Sean Parnell for an open U. S. Senate seat, but Parnell ended his bid in November, immediately after he lost a bitter custody fight for his three children to his estranged wife, who in court testimony had accused Parnell of abuse.

The significance of the upcoming meeting, which was first reported by CNN, was downplayed by pair of political sources in the former president’s orbit.

"Donald Trump makes every decision and doesn’t need a committee to tell him who he should endorse," one adviser, who asked for anonymity to speak more freely, told Fox News.

The source said that such meetings are "not where any real decisions get made" and emphasized that "the real work gets done with him."

Another adviser, who also asked to remain anonymous, noted that Trump, rather than his tea... (Read more)

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