What is it they say about rats and sinking ships…?
CNN is rather gleefully reporting that beleaguered Rep. Matt Gaetz was recently denied a meeting with former President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Apparently, two people familiar with the matter reported Gaetz tried to schedule a visit with Trump after it was first reported he was under federal investigation… but HO! HO! the request was turned down by aides close to the former president.
Gaetz and his allies quickly shot down the report.
Gaetz called the story “a total lie” and said, “No such meeting was denied nor sought.”
“This is a total lie.
“I am on a pre-planned vacation with my fiancée. I was welcomed at Trump Doral days ago.
“No such meeting was denied nor sought
“When can we expect a retraction?
Gaetz spokesman Harlan Hill told The Hill that the congressman did not ask for a meeting with Trump this week.
“Rep. Gaetz arrived at Doral, gave a speech, and left. He has not solicited a meeting with President Trump anytime recently, as confirmed by President Trump’s own team in a public statement today. Rep. Gaetz has been spending his time in recess relaxing with his fiancee, and appreciates all the support he has been receiving from his constituents — who in a poll last week demonstrated overwhelming support for the Congressman — as well groups like Women for America First who hosted him in Miami this weekend,” he said.
Soo… Do you believe Matty and his people… or do you think, as CNN claimed, that aides close to the former President have been urging Trump not to stick his neck out to defend him, as he is likely going down VERY SOON.
The interference by Trump’s aides signals that Gaetz finds himself increasingly isolated as he weathers a potentially career-ending scandal just months after he offered to leave his plum job in Congress to join the 45th President’s impeachment defense team. Trump has issued only one statement about Gaetz since the public first learned of the congressman’s role in a sex trafficking inquiry at the beginning of April. In it, Trump denied ever receiving a blanket pardon request from the 38-year-old congressman and noted Gaetz’s denial of the allegations against him.
Gate’s spoke on Friday at a conference for pro-Trump women… which apparently raised eyebrows inside the former President’s orbit. Aides saw his last-minute speech at the Women for America First event at the nearby Trump National Doral resort, as a blatant attempt to reach Trump and his supporters.
A person directly involved with Trump’s post-presidential operation said the ex-President’s aides “were under the impression that Gaetz went down there to try and run into Trump or people around him.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures, eh, Matty?