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Brooks, Britt campaign trade jabs over Britt-Trump Mar-a-Lago meeting

Earlier on Thursday, Politico Playbook reported U.S. Senate hopeful Katie Britt met with former President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Fla. at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago earlier in the week.

The suggestion from Playbook was Trump was warming up to Britt and had soured on Brooks.

However, Brooks downplayed the Britt-Trump meeting during an interview that aired on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Jeff Poor Show” on FM Talk 106.5 in Mobile.

“It’s another nothing-burger served up by the Britt campaign,” he said. “You may recall for five or six months because they had one little photo-op in Cullman at the rally that President Trump and I put on with the Alabama Republican Party — she was trying to project the image that Donald Trump was really impressed with her and Donald Trump was souring on Mo Brooks. There’s zero evidence to support that, but that doesn’t stop the propaganda, the rumor mill type of stuff that the Katie Britt campaign is so good at. Got lots of articles, and none of those articles ever cited a single source supporting any of the statements that were in them.”

Brooks mentioned a Donald Trump, Jr. fundraising letter, which he said validated claims Trump-world was still solidly behind his campaign.

Brooks also said he had a phone discussion with the former president.

“I talked to Donald Trump Monday about Katie Britt coming down — that Katie Britt was putting out that there’s going to be some big deal at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “Well, candidates go to Mar-a-Lago on a regular basis. At one point, it was in terms of who was trying to make the pitch that, ‘Hey, I’m the alternative to Mo Brooks’ with Donald Trump — it was Jessica Taylor for a while, but that campaign collapsed. It’s been Mike Durant at one time or another. It’s been Katie Britt at one time or another. But the president was very clear to me Monday night.”

“He said, ‘Mo, don’t worry about it,'” Brooks continued. “‘These people come in. It’s a club. We have members of the club. They can invite anybody they want. But Mo, you’re our guy 100% in this United States Senate race.'”

The Britt campaign would not comment on Britt’s reported meeting with Trump, but campaign spokesman Sean Ross offered a statement calling on Brooks to drop out of the U.S. Senate contest.

“If Congressman Brooks truly cared about President Trump or the America First agenda, he would’ve done the honorable thing and dropped out of the race already,” Ross said in a statement to Yellowhammer News. “Congressman Brooks’ panicked, embarrassing reaction is as transparent as it is predictable. After 40 years of running for office, his taxpayer-funded career is going to end with him going 0-3 in statewide races because Alabamians know that Katie is the best candidate to fight for the America First agenda and defend our Christian conservative values.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.