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Pence chief of staff to donors: "We can purge" anti-Trump Republicans

Pence and his chief of staff Nick Ayers with the Georgian opposition leaders. Photo: Zurab Kurtsikidze / Pool via AP

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers told wealthy GOP donors to move to "purge" lawmakers who refused to support President Trump at a closed-door Republican National Committee event today, per Politico.

Why it matters: Pence, a former congressman, has been a bridge between Trump's more populist tendencies in the White House and the establishment Republicans in power on Capitol Hill. Having such a prominent member of his staff deliver such a targeted message makes it clear that frustrations with Congress are coming to a head inside the Trump administration.