House GOP campaign officials withheld poor Trump poll numbers from lawmakers at recent Florida retreat: report

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Former President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File

The National Republican Congressional Committee did not disclose internal polling that found dismal numbers for former President Donald Trump in key swing districts during the House GOP retreat in April, according to two sources who spoke with The Washington Post.

During a presentation at the Florida retreat, NRCC staffers reportedly withheld the information even when pressed by a member of Congress regarding Trump's support.

The polling data showed Trump's favorability ratings underwater, with his unfavorable ratings 15 points higher than his favorable numbers, according to The Post.

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In the districts that were polled, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris had better numbers than Trump, The Post noted.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is facing the possibility of being removed from her role as the House Republican Conference chair for her criticism of Trump's influence over the party, was reportedly "alarmed" by the lack of transparency in revealing the former president's polling data.

Cheney was said to be taken aback, in part, because Trump's lackluster poll numbers were also withheld from ranking committee chairs during a March retreat.

The NRCC reportedly denied seeking to keep the polling information away from members, but Cheney saw it as another way the GOP was seeking to ignore the truth about Trump's possible drag on the party.

Cheney, who boasts a decidedly conservative voting record, was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.

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