Trump uses Camp David to schmooze GOP lawmakers as impeachment vote looms

Trump uses Camp David to schmooze GOP lawmakers as impeachment vote looms
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE is reportedly using Camp David to win over House Republicans amid an ongoing impeachment inquiry against him.

At the suggestion of acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick Mulvaney12 things to know today about coronavirus Mulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus The Memo: Trump agenda rolls on amid pandemic MORE, top White House officials have hosted GOP lawmakers for weekend getaways at the presidential retreat ahead of the historic impeachment vote, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Among the typical items on the itinerary: making campfire s’mores, going hiking and shooting clay pigeons. And during dinners, Trump has reportedly called to personally compliment attending House members.

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Lawmakers have described the weekend excursions as “incredible” and “surreal,” with one attendee comparing the experience to being on an “adult playground,” according to the Post.

So far, more than 40 House Republicans have gone on Camp David trips, which come as the president continues to step up his charm offensive with Republicans in Congress.

In recent weeks, the White House has brought Republican lawmakers — many of whom dismiss claims that Trump is trying to butter them up ahead of a likely impeachment trial — to sporting events and weekly meetings with the president.

Since the House launched its formal impeachment inquiry, which centers on Trump's dealings with Ukraine, the president has reportedly met with or personally reached out to 100 GOP House members, while 50 of the Senate’s 53 Republicans have attended a White House lunch, the Post reports.

Trump on Thursday met with a group of lawmakers that included two of his biggest critics: Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Campaign Report: GOP beset by convention drama Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE (Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former NIC Director Greg Treverton rips US response; WHO warns of 'immediate second peak' if countries reopen too quickly The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Cuomo rings the first opening bell since March The Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 MORE (Maine). The Post reported that Thursday's meeting included talk of capping a potential impeachment trial at two weeks, but that no final decision was reached.

The House has just concluded its second week of public impeachment hearings, with officials eyeing the next stage of their inquiry as they edge closer to an end-of-year goal for wrapping up the probe.