Donors gathered with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) over lunch at the Drury Plaza Hotel to discuss strategy for the fall election.
While those attending are hoping that Trump can defeat presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, GOP leaders are clearly prepared to cut their losses and keep a distance from Trump if necessary to keep Senate control.
“Everyone in that room wants Trump to win the presidency, but no one dares wait for that to happen to keep the Republican majority,” said an elite donor who attended the meeting.
The donor, who requested anonymity to discuss the meeting, said he is worried about Trump weighing down Senate candidates but added the participants did not dwell on whatever headwinds the presumptive nominee may create.