On Friday, House Speaker Johnson will head to Mar-a-Lago for a meeting with former President Trump, seeking to enhance cooperation between them as Trump prepares to be the Party’s nominee in November. Under the Republican House rules it only takes one House Member to move to vacate the Speaker’s position. Johnson hopes that with Trump’s support, he can forestall a motion to vacate.

The conflict was apparent this week when Trump spoke up against the five-year renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows the US to conduct warrantless surveillance on foreign sources. Former President Trump believes it was used against him in the Russian interference case.  With Trump’s opposition, 19 Republicans voted against the procedural move to bring the extension to the floor on Thursday.  Overnight, the bill was reworked so it would only extend the authorization for two years, and while on Thursday the vote was 193Y to 228N, on Friday the vote to take up the bill was 213Y to 208N.

The Speaker is hoping that by improving his communications with the de facto leader of the Party, he can achieve more success with his one-vote majority in the House, and not be defeated as he was yesterday on the FISA procedural motion.

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