Members of Donald Trump's campaign are planning to sit down with Republican officials in Florida on Friday in what one person called a "come to Jesus" meeting for the struggling GOP nominee who has found himself embroiled in a number of debilitating controversies in recent weeks.
Trump's campaign reached out for an "emergency meeting," according to a source in a report Thursday evening from Politico, in response to a widening rift between the businessman and the Republican National Committee.
"They want to patch up a rift that just keeps unfolding," one source said according to Politico. "They finally realize they need the RNC for their campaign because, let's face it, there is no campaign."
While another unnamed individual waved off the tense nature of the gathering, calling it "typical," the news comes at a time when Trump is losing ground to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the polls amid a myriad of controversies, including an ambiguous comment at a rally this week that seemed to encourage Second Amendment supporters to attack Clinton and an ongoing feud with a Gold Star family.
The situation has gotten so chaotic that some GOP officials have walked back their support of Trump, and on Thursday a group of Republicans wrote a letter to the RNC, lobbying it to end its funding of Trump's campaign.
A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Clinton leading Trump by nearly 8 percent, a sizable decline for Trump, who had closed the gap with his rival as recently as the end of July. He is also slipping in a number of surveys in battleground states critical to him winning the general election in November.
Trump is not expected to attend the meeting, but Karen Giorno, a senior adviser to his campaign, is expected to be there.