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Former President Trump will meet Thursday with a group of Senate Republicans in Washington, D.C., sources confirmed to The Hill.

The former president will be in the capital for a discussion hosted by the Business Roundtable. Following that meeting, he will sit down with GOP senators for what officials said will be a policy-focused talk ahead of November’s election.

A spokesperson for Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Senate Republican who spearheads the party’s messaging, told The Hill that he invited Trump to meet with the Senate GOP conference to discuss the summer and their potential governing agenda for 2025.

“I believe it will be helpful to hear directly from former President Trump about his plans for the summer and to also share our ideas for a strategic governing agenda in 2025,” Barrasso told Senate GOP members, according to an email obtained by The Hill.

A senior Trump campaign official said the meeting will involve “looking ahead at the policies that will save the nation such as Trump’s commitment to no impact on seniors with any cuts to Social Security or Medicare, policies that actually secure our borders and make our communities safe again, and an America first foreign policy that reclaims peace through strength and world leadership, and economic policies of lower taxes that reignite the vibrant Trump economy we had just a few years ago.”

Most Senate GOP conference meetings take place at the Capitol, but this one will happen off campus. 

The former president’s meetings in Washington come on the heels of his conviction on 34 counts of falsifying business records. Most Senate Republicans have stood behind him despite the convictions, and several conservative members — including Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio), a possible running mate — traveled to Manhattan to support Trump during the trial.

Trump, however, has a fraught relationship with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who has said he will step down from his leadership post after November’s elections. Though the two men haven’t spoken in years, McConnell endorsed Trump’s White House bid in March.

The former president has stronger ties to Barrasso and other members of the Republican conference, including Vance and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who is vying to replace McConnell.