House and Senate Republicans from Kansas and Missouri took advantage of Donald Trump’s Capitol Hill meetings to get a closer look at their likely candidate Thursday.
Among local Republicans meeting with Trump: U.S. Reps. Kevin Yoder and Lynn Jenkins, both from Kansas. U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas — chairman of the House Tea Party Caucus and once a supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz — brought his young son to the meeting with Trump.
“I walked out of there believing we were going to beat Hillary Clinton with this guy,” Huelskamp said.
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, did not attend the meeting. His staff said there was a conflict with the schedule.
U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ office did not immediately respond to a request for information about the meeting. U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler — a Republican, like Graves — attended the session, according to her office.
Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, Republicans facing re-election this fall, met with Trump, along with other GOP senators.
Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, did not attend, saying he was involved in legislation on the Senate floor.