More than 20 top GOP officials discussed at a dinner on Monday the party’s strategy in the event of a brokered convention amid Donald TrumpDonald TrumpEx-CIA analyst resigns rather than serve Trump administration Matt Schlapp op-ed: Challenges, controversy won't stop CPAC 2017 Anti-Trump protests swell outside Parliament during debate on official visit MORE’s consistent lead in the polls.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Trump Administration has definitely not drained the swamp How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? THE MEMO: Trump's wild first month MORE (R-Ky.) listened as several longtime party members argued the establishment must lay the groundwork for a floor fight if Trump storms through the presidential primaries, five sources familiar with the meeting told The Washington Post.
But both men did acknowledge that a stalemated convention is something the party should be ready for.
When asked on Thursday about the dinner, RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer told the Post that the RNC is “neutral in this process and the rules are set until the convention begins next July.”
“Our goal is to ensure a successful nomination and that requires us thinking through every scenario, including a contested convention,” he added.
The three-course meal at the Source, an upscale restaurant near the Capitol, is part of a series of invitation-only dinners hosted by Priebus to seek input from party leaders.
Trump also told the Post that his campaign is preparing for a contested convention.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a brokered convention. But if it is, I’d certainly go all the way — and I think I’d have a certain disadvantage,” he said.
“I’ll be disadvantaged,” he continued. “The deal-making, that’s my advantage. My disadvantage is that I’d be going up against guys who grew up with each other, who know each other intimately, and I don’t know who they are, OK? That’s a big disadvantage.”