When Donald Trump all but wrapped up the Republican nomination for President last week, there were many GOP lawmakers who were able to avoid the usual rush of reporters, as the Congress was on break. But with Trump coming to Washington, D.C in a few days, and lawmakers back at work, there will be a lot of questions for Republicans and how they view Trump.
First to get back to work was the Senate, as Democratic Leader Harry Reid began the new work period with yet another blast against Trump and Republicans in the Congress.
“Trump is the nominee Republican leaders deserve,”said Reid, who has been after Trump for months in speeches from the floor of the Senate, accusing Trump of running on a “platform of hate” and more.
Trump’s spokesman made sure to echo his words on to social media as well:
In the hallways of the U.S. Capitol this week, it’s likely that many reporters will be looking for just one thing – reaction from Republican lawmakers about Trump, and whether they are ready to support the GOP standard bearer in November, or refuse to jump on board the Trump train.
The answers were varied on Monday as Senators returned first to work.
Look for even more of that on Tuesday evening, when the House holds its first vote, and reporters swarm into the Speaker’s Lobby looking for some comment, especially in light of Speaker Paul Ryan’s refusal to immediately embrace Trump, and the general unease some conservatives have about Trump.
This was the Tuesday morning headline from the Washington Post that raised some of the exact worries that some conservatives have about Trump:
The focus will be all about Trump later this week, as he meets on Capitol Hill with Speaker Ryan on Thursday; Trump will also sit down with Senate Republican leaders as well, as GOP bigwigs are certain to be asked repeatedly whether they stand with Trump – or not.
At the same time, not that far from Washington, D.C. on Monday was Hillary Clinton, who met with young mothers and families in Stone Ridge, Virginia.
But she was not interested in making headlines about Donald Trump.
“I have nothing to say about him and how he’s running his campaign,” Clinton told reporters.
Trump says he’s just warming up for his attacks on Clinton.