Donald Trump aide meets with Congressional Supporters
By: Kes Paris, Xiro Xone News April 14, 2016 Updated: 1:29 PM
Donald Trump's campaign launched a series of regular meetings with congressional supporters on Thursday in a bid to raise his stature in Washington and secure enough support to win the Republican presidential nomination.
In a private meeting on Capitol Hill, Trump aide Ed Brookover laid out a bullish road map for Trump to win by healthy margins in the upcoming primary states, starting in New York on Tuesday and concluding with a victory in California's June primary.
Despite Trump's steep climb to win 1,237 delegates before the Cleveland convention, Brookover insisted a contested convention simply wouldn't happen and that Trump was on a "glide path" to the nomination.
"The hard number is 1,237, and we think we're going to blow way past that," said Brookover, a long-time GOP political operative in Washington.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Photo:
Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), one of the first lawmakers to endorse Trump and the person who organized Thursday's gathering, said the discussion included an estimate that Trump could surpass the minimum of 1,237 and hit 1,265 delegates.
"We got to 1,265 in a conservative way," Collins said, adding that the Trump campaign expects to get 85 of out New York's 95 delegates after the state's Tuesday primary.
But Brookover wouldn't commit to necessarily clinching 1,265 delegates, saying that was a "back-of-the-envelope" estimate.