Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows told Republican senators 'there are about 45 days left of the president's term' - then hedged and said it could be 'four years' at private lunch, John Cornyn reveals
约翰·科宁(John Cornyn)透露，唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)的幕僚长马克·梅多斯(Mark Meadows)告诉共和党参议员，总统任期还剩大约45天，然后在私人午餐时避而不谈，说可能是四年。
President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Republican senators that there are 'about 45 days left of the president's term,' according to Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn.
德克萨斯州共和党参议员科宁(John Cornyn)说，唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)总统的幕僚长马克·梅多斯(Mark Meadows)告诉共和党参议员，总统任期还有大约45天。
But throwing a bone to Trump - and his refusal to concede the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden - Meadows said the president could be around for another term too.
'But he did, I have to be honest with you, he did say, whether it's 45 days or four years and 45 days,' Cornyn told Capitol Hill reporters, repeating what Meadows had said in the closed door lunch.
There are 63 days until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.
CNN reported that Republican senators viewed Meadows message as a 'good bye.'
Cornyn said Meadows wanted the senators to reach out if they had 'ideas of things that the White House could and should do during that period of time.'
'That we got them to him,' the Texas senator said.
'It really wasn't a very substantive message,' Cornyn added. 'Make the most of it,' Cornyn also described.
Meadows, according to Cornyn, didn't address what Trump would sign as far as a government funding bill.
Meadows also said Wednesday that he 'can't guarantee' lawmakers will be able to avoid a government shutdown, which would take place on December 11.
Cornyn said Meadows also didn't talk stimulus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed a willingness to get a bill passed in the lame duck session to help Americans get through the pandemic, with COVID-19 cases spiking across the country.
Trump did have Meadows bring up the two January 5 Georgia Senate run-offs, which will decide the control of the Senate.
'He did say the president was committed to our success ... on January 5,' Cornyn said Meadows said.