President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE signaled support on Monday for congressional term limits, saying he discussed the issue with a group of first-term lawmakers.
“I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits,” Trump tweeted. “I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts.”
I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
Monday is not the first time Trump has voiced support for congressional term limits. While some conservative lawmakers back the idea, the proposal has not gained traction with GOP leaders.
“I would say we have term limits now. They’re called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Biden clarifies any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an invasion' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE (R-Ky.) said during a press conference shortly after the 2016 election.
Freshman Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherAnti-Trump group targeting top Republicans on Jan. 6 anniversary Congress zooms in on cybersecurity after banner year of attacks Human rights groups sound alarm over Interpol election MORE (R-Wis.), who attended the meeting at the White House, said last week a bipartisan group of freshman House members plan to combine bills together in an attempt to implement a change.
"I think that would be a complete paradigm shift – so a lot of work ahead, but this was a really interesting moment. I mean 85 percent of the American people support term limits," he said in a Twitter video. "I think we’ve got to get at that source of the problem, which is people only care about their reelection and getting reelected [more] than doing the work of the people."
Yesterday I met with President Trump to discuss a term limits bill that I introduced early last year. If we’re going to end the careerism that’s infecting Washington, DC then implementing term limits and getting back to the citizen legislator model is a no-brainer. pic.twitter.com/mDYymzKzPQ— Rep. Mike Gallagher (@RepGallagher) April 26, 2018
The Wisconsin Republican introduced a joint resolution that would add a constitutional amendment that would limit members of the lower chamber from serving more than six terms and senators to two terms. The change would be phased with the current class of freshman members.
Trump said during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress.
That proposal came as part of a five-point ethics plan that he introduced amid his pledge to “drain the swamp."
—Updated at 5:36 p.m. Juliegrace Brufke contributed.