Daily US Times: Rep. Matt Gaetz was recently denied a meeting with former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate as Mr Trump and his allies continue to distance themselves from the Florida congressman. The Republican is facing a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.
Two people familiar with the matter said the Republican tried to schedule a visit with Trump, who he strongly supported publicly in previous after it was first revealed that he was being investigated, but the request of meeting with Trump was rejected by aides close to the former President, who have urged Mr Trumpnot to stick his neck out to defend Gaetz.
A spokesman for Gaetz, Harlan Hill, said the congressman did not request a meeting with Trump this week.
In a statement to CNN, the spokesman said: “Rep. Gaetz was welcomed to Trump Doral this week and has not sought to meet with President Trump himself,” adding that Gaetz has “been mostly relaxing with his fiancée this week during recess.”
The interference by former president Donald Trump’s aides signals that Gaetz finds himself increasingly isolated as he weathers a potentially career-ending scandal just months after he offered to leave his plum job in Congress to join the 45th President’s impeachment defense team.
Trump has issued only one statement about the Republican congressman since the public first learned Mr Gaetz’s role in a sex trafficking inquiry at the beginning of April.
In it, the former President denied ever receiving a blanket pardon request from the 38-year-old congressman and noted Gaetz’s denial of the allegations against him.