WASHINGTON — Days after accusing the Republican National Committee of treating him unfairly, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump met with the committee’s chairman at the party’s Capitol Hill headquarters on Thursday.
The New York businessman slipped in and out of a back entrance to the RNC’s building. A large crowd of tourists and reporters gathered outside to get a glimpse of the candidate, but Trump didn’t make any remarks, only waving from inside his black SUV as the Secret Service motorcade sped off.
In a tweet sent minutes after leaving the RNC, Trump struck a positive tone, saying he had “a very nice meeting” with RNC chairman Reince Priebus. Trump added that he looks “forward to bringing the Party
together — and it will happen!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2016
A spokesman for Priebus didn’t immediately return a request for comment about the meeting.
Trump and the RNC have had a rocky relationship at times, including during the CNN forum this week when Trump said: “I’ve been treated very unfairly.”
Pressed to elaborate, Trump said: “I think by, basically, the RNC, the Republican party, the establishment.”
When moderator Anderson Cooper asked Trump if he thinks he RNC is “plotting to take this away from you at the convention,” the candidate replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see what happens, but I think you’d have a lot of very upset people if that happened.”
Crowd outside side entrance of RNC either waiting for Trump or happy hour at Tortilla Coast pic.twitter.com/svZPJYUwpI
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) March 31, 2016
Trump and Priebus may have talked about the so-called GOP loyalty pledge that all the candidates signed at the beginning of the campaign. Trump and rivals [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] and John Kasich have all walked back their pledge to support the party’s nominee regardless of who it is. Gene Simmons: Trump Is ‘Good For The Political System’
Arguing he has been treated unfairly by the establishment, Trump, during the CNN event when asked if he still agrees to the pledge, said: “No, I don’t anymore.”