For very understandable reasons, Republican senators really, really don’t want to talk about presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Given this, you shouldn’t be surprised that they go to pretty silly lengths to avoid being questioned by the media. Dogged Roll Call reporter Niels Lesniewski, however, knew just where to look for GOP senators after they met with Donald Trump on Thursday.
It seems that the National Republican Senatorial Committee HQ building where the senators met Trump has a back alley that’s located behind a gas station that makes it a perfect place for a sneaky exit. Lesniewski figured some senators would try to escape the building using this route and caught Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and others doing just that.
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) July 7, 2016
Most GOP senators were reluctant to talk about their meeting with Trump on the record, although anonymous sources told The Washington Post earlier on Thursday that he lobbed threats and insults at three different senators who so far had refused to endorse him.
In other words, sneaking out of a gas station back alley was likely far more dignified than giving an accurate description of how the meeting went.