Donald Trump 2020

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  1. Europe

    Donald Tusk: ‘I pray for Joe Biden’s success’

    Former European Council president says getting to know Donald Trump is one reason why he backs the Democrat in November’s vote.

    Former European Council President Donald Tusk wants Joe Biden to be the next U.S. president.

    Tusk took to Twitter on Thursday and said while he has "always believed in the Republican ideals and greatness of America," now "I pray for @JoeBiden’s success."

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  2. health care

    Health secretary focuses trips on swing states needed by Trump

    Alex Azar’s travel priorities appear to be related to politics, not the states fighting the worst outbreaks, according to Obama-era officials.

    In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s top health official is focused on showing his face in states that President Donald Trump needs to win for reelection.

    Since late April, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has made 11 trips to states — including nine to key battlegrounds in the 2020 campaign: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Maine and North Carolina, as well as two trips apiece to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. One of the other two trips was a visit to Buffalo, N.Y., the hometown of a top aide who recently joined the department at Trump’s request and personally arranged Azar’s visit to the city. The other was to Boston, the media market for yet another battleground state, New Hampshire.

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  3. Altitude

    The Anti-Trump Movement Will Outlast Trump

    Traditional ideological lines are being scrambled in a way that could transform politics.

    The Trump years have scrambled old ideological lines. So perhaps it is not so surprising that in recent days George F. Will, the elegant dean of conservative columnists, and Matt Taibbi, a raucous liberal iconoclast, found themselves gnawing on different parts of the same bone.

    Here’s what made their agreement noteworthy: It had nothing to do with Donald Trump. In this case, both writers were agitated by what they see as the left’s effort to stifle free thinking and bully those who dissent from its rigid ideological and racial orthodoxy.

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  4. 2020 elections

    Democratic ad makers think they’ve discovered Trump’s soft spot

    After more than a year of polling, focus groups and message testing against the president, there’s a growing consensus about what damages Trump — and what doesn’t.

    Donald Trump wasn’t halfway through his speech in Tulsa, Okla., and Democratic ad makers in Washington and New York were already cutting footage for an air raid on the slumping president.

    They didn’t focus on the president’s curious monologue about his difficulties descending a ramp or drinking water at West Point, the small crowd size of the Tulsa event or even his use of the racist term “kung flu.” Instead, the ads zeroed in on Trump’s admission that he urged officials to “slow the [coronavirus] testing down.”

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  5. legal

    Court narrows restraining order against Mary Trump book

    An appeals judge ruled that Simon & Schuster should not be blocked from printing or distributing the book.


    An appeals judge has partially lifted a temporary restraining order that barred publication of a book in which President Donald Trump’s niece offers a scathing portrait of the Trump family.

    In a ruling Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Alan Scheinkman said another judge erred Tuesday by issuing a broad restraining order that prohibited publisher Simon & Schuster from printing or distributing copies of the book.

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    No, Trump Isn’t Going to Drop Out

    After repeatedly surviving the unsurvivable, why would he think doesn’t have chance

    After he’s repeatedly survived the unsurvivable, we are supposed to believe that President Donald Trump might quit the presidential race before it truly begins after a spate of negative polling.

    This is the latest chatter among (unnamed) Republicans, according to a widely circulated Fox News report and to cable-news talking heads.

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  7. 2020 Elections

    Trump, RNC raised $131 million in June

    The president's reelection apparatus has built a significant financial advantage ahead of the general election.

    President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $131 million in June, a significant jump over its recent monthly fundraising hauls — though less than the $141 million Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised in the same period.

    Trump and the RNC announced in an email Wednesday evening that they brought in $266 million during the second fundraising quarter, after raising $212 million in the first three months of 2020. The campaign also said it has $295 million in cash on hand, maintaining a financial edge that Republicans have consistently held over Democrats.

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  8. White House

    'FBI Lovebirds' and Diamond and Silk: The day Trump was briefed on the Russian bounties scheme

    That day in February, in hindsight, was a pivotal day in Trump's presidency.

    Feb. 27, 2020, dawned much like any other day of Donald Trump's presidency.

    At the time, the novel coronavirus had only recently officially arrived on U.S. soil, but stocks were rattled by the worsening pandemic. A historic peace deal with the Taliban was still days away, the embers of impeachment were still lingering in the air and eight major candidates were still viable contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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  9. White House

    Russia bounty flap highlights intel breakdown under Trump

    The dispute over the alleged payments to kill Americans is shining a harsh light on the president's consumption of intelligence.

    The furor over intelligence assessing that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops is pulling back the curtain on a highly secretive process that has had to adapt to Donald Trump’s whims — the delivery of the President’s Daily Brief.

    At issue is Trump’s well-known resistance to reading the PDB, a classified document, compiled each morning for the president and his senior advisers by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, that outlines key national security threats and global hot spots.

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  10. White House

    Trump shifts messaging on masks, saying he’s open to wearing one in public

    The president has avoided being photographed with a face covering and has chided reporters for wearing masks.

    President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would have no problem wearing a mask in public, despite avoiding being pictured with a face covering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business on Wednesday afternoon.

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  11. politico/morning consult poll

    Poll: Trump job approval dips as coronavirus fears rise

    Nearly 6 in 10 voters give the president negative marks, according to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult survey.

    Disapproval of the job Donald Trump is doing as president is continuing to rise, with nearly 6 in 10 voters giving the president negative marks amid a new coronavirus surge throughout parts of the country, according to a new poll.

    The latest POLITICO/Morning Consult survey, out Wednesday, found that Trump’s job approval sank to 39 percent, with 59 percent of voters disapproving. At the beginning of June, 41 percent of voters approved of the president’s job performance, while 55 percent disapproved.

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  12. 2020 elections

    Why Trump's attempt to tag Biden as a tool of the radical left isn't working

    In short: Voters don't see him that way, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

    President Donald Trump’s campaign has been trying to paint Joe Biden as a stooge for the far left. A new poll shows why it’s not working.

    Only 17 percent of registered voters perceive the former vice president as more liberal than most Democrats, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult survey, while nearly two-thirds see him as in line with or more conservative than the party at large. The survey also found that a larger proportion of the electorate views Biden as moderate (23 percent) than sees Trump that way (9 percent).

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  13. trade

    Trump’s North American trade deal starts now. Here’s what to expect.

    Here’s a look at what could come next as the three nations implement thousands of pages of complicated rules.

    President Donald Trump’s biggest trade achievement, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, goes into effect Wednesday, replacing NAFTA and ending his threat to break apart the three-nation free trade zone.

    The pact is far from an assured success. It’s also landing amid rising trade tensions with Canada and widespread concern about Mexico’s ability to enforce labor protections. Plus, any economic benefits and job gains are years away.

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  14. Foreign policy

    Human rights groups turn their sights on Trump's America

    Increasingly, the United States is being treated like a fragile state in need of help.

    The Trump administration was in panic mode.

    The United Nations Human Rights Council was debating launching a special investigation of racism in America after the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody. And the United States was determined to derail any such probe.

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  15. 2020 Elections

    Kushner shakes up Trump campaign team

    The changes follow the debacle of the Tulsa rally.

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has engineered a shake-up in President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in the aftermath of a botched rally in Tulsa, according to three people familiar with the matter.

    Kushner on Tuesday replaced chief operating officer Michael Glassner with Jeff DeWit, who held the same position in Trump’s 2016 campaign. The decision to remove Glassner, who has been overseeing the president’s rallies, is seen internally as an effort to designate blame for the Tulsa disaster. The June 20 rally was marred by the sight of thousands of empty seats.

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  16. 2020 elections

    Scenes from Biden's first encounter with the media in months

    The Trump campaign took credit for smoking Biden out of his basement — only to see him give a gaffe-free performance.

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden made the short drive from his now-famous basement, jogged into the high school gym where he usually votes and excoriated President Donald Trump as failing miserably to protect the health and safety of Americans.

    Then, after laying out his own plan to slow the coronavirus, the presumptive Democratic nominee made what now amounts to news in this bizarre election: He opened the floor to questions from reporters, waving off aides when they tried to cut him off and marveling at how strange this has all become.

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  17. white house

    'They basically swallowed hard': Trumpy Census Bureau hires revive fears of political meddling

    The White House installed two political appointees in the studiously nonpartisan agency responsible for the 2020 census, and officials there aren't happy.

    The White House and Commerce Department forced the Census Bureau to take two new political appointees last week whose unexpected arrival has deepened fears at the agency that the 2020 census will be politicized, according to three people familiar with the matter.

    Last Monday, Commerce deputy secretary Karen Dunn Kelley informed Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham and his career deputy, Ron Jarmin, that the two new appointees, Commerce aides Nathaniel T. Cogley and Adam Korzeniewski, had been installed in senior roles at the Census Bureau — a move that blindsided both of them, according to a Census Bureau official.

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  18. Defense

    Russians squeeze U.S. troops in Syria amid uproar over Trump’s dealings with Moscow

    The dispute over intelligence about bounty payments in Afghanistan is exposing a deep rift in the government over how to handle Russia.

    Russian forces are encroaching on U.S. troop-controlled territory in eastern Syria — part of what officials say is a deliberate campaign to squeeze the U.S. military out of the region, according to two current U.S. officials and one former U.S. official.

    The growing friction between U.S. and Russian troops in Syria comes against a backdrop of deepening mistrust between the national security community and President Donald Trump’s White House over dealings with Moscow. The tension burst into the open last week with revelations that Russia’s secretive military intelligence service offered bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan. Lawmakers demanded answers this week amid bipartisan anger that the Trump administration has known about the bounties for months but has not yet authorized a response to Russia.

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