According to Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “has said privately that both chambers could be lost in November.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan has told donors that “he fears a wave of swing district Republican lawmakers could retire rather than seek reelection.”
Republicans close to the president are worried about a “possible bloodbath in the 2018 midterms” after major losses in Alabama, Virginia, and New Jersey this year.
According to Politico, RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel has stressed the party’s collapse among female voters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
In recent weeks, some of the president’s advisers have taken it upon themselves to warn him directly about the fast-deteriorating political environment. White House officials have convened to discuss ways to improve his standing with suburban voters. And on Wednesday, the president met with Kelly, political director Bill Stepien, communications director Hope Hicks, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Brad Parscale, Trump’s digital director in the 2016 campaign, to discuss the political landscape. Lewandowski forcefully raised concerns about the party’s efforts, according to one attendee and another person briefed on the meeting.
In an interview this week, Stepien acknowledged the pattern of presidents losing seats in Congress in their first midterm election.
Trump is currently at his lowest approval rating of his presidency, and that was before he signed a deeply unpopular tax bill Friday.