Donald Trump 2020

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  1. /news/2020-elections

    The GOP’s new 2020 strategy: Invoke President Sanders

    Trump and Republicans are suffering in the suburbs. But they're confident voters there will view Bernie as worse.

    Bernie Sanders hasn’t won the Democratic primary — but down-ballot Republicans are having a field day acting like he has.

    Republicans up and down the ballot are already casting their Democratic rivals as socialist puppets who would remake the economy in Sanders’ collectivist vision. The play is straightforward: President Donald Trump has repelled college-educated suburban voters since he took office; Republicans want to win them back by arguing the alternative is worse.

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  2. congress

    Pelosi: Trump politicized intel community after Russia election briefing

    Her remarks came after the New York Times reported that the House Intelligence Committee received a briefing that Russia planned to interfere in the 2020 elections.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday condemned President Donald Trump's reported actions over an intelligence briefing given to lawmakers on Russian interference in U.S. elections, saying members should denounce any efforts to discredit the intelligence community.

    "American voters should decide American elections — not Vladimir Putin. All Members of Congress should condemn the President’s reported efforts to dismiss threats to the integrity of our democracy & to politicize our intel community," Pelosi tweeted Thursday night.

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  3. white house

    Trump mocks Bloomberg, Klobuchar debate performances at Colorado rally

    Trump derided the Democratic candidates as "choking" during the debate while accusing the media of unfairly covering his own 2016 campaign for president.

    President Donald Trump gave a damning critique of this week's Democratic primary debate, lobbing theatrical insults at two of his rising 2020 rivals at a Colorado rally Thursday.

    In a freewheeling address in Colorado Springs, Trump derided the Democratic candidates as "choking" during the debate while accusing the media of unfairly covering his own 2016 campaign for president. He laid into Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who has surged since a breakout performance in the New Hampshire primary, and billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who drew hostility from his fellow candidates for his high-spending campaign.

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  4. white house

    Trump world’s anti-Bloomberg nervousness morphs into glee

    The former New York mayor worried Trump allies with his barrage of ads hammering the president. Then Bloomberg himself got hammered in his first 2020 Democratic debate.

    Leading up to Wednesday’s Democratic debate, Donald Trump and his reelection campaign blasted out a flurry of attacks against Michael Bloomberg as he gained momentum in the 2020 Democratic primary. They slammed his stop-and-frisk history, allegations that the billionaire was buying the election from the DNC and revelations that he‘d asked women to sign non-disclosure agreements about his purported offensive comments.

    By Thursday, many of Trump’s aides had decided to sit back and gleefully watch the Democrats destroy Bloomberg on their own.

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  5. National Security

    Trump to tap Florida official as homeland security adviser

    Julia Nesheiwat replaces Rear Adm. Peter Brown, who lasted only about six months in the job.

    President Donald Trump has hired Julia Nesheiwat, Florida’s chief resilience officer, to be his new homeland security adviser, according to an administration official and another person familiar with the matter.

    Nesheiwat joining the White House means she again will work for Robert O’Brien, Trump’s national security adviser. The two previously worked together at the State Department, where he won credit for helping free dozens of American hostages, a top issue for Trump. Nesheiwat spent four years as the U.S. presidential deputy envoy for hostage affairs and later became acting envoy when O’Brien left.

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  6. white house

    Trump: Roger Stone has 'very good chance of exoneration' but will 'let the process play out'

    Trump's comments Thursday were his most extensive yet on whether he would pardon Stone, a subject he has dodged even as he's complained relentlessly about Stone's "unfair" treatment.


    President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly hinted that Roger Stone would not end up serving the 40-month prison sentence handed down by a federal judge, saying his former longtime political adviser “has a very good chance of exoneration.”

    But while Trump railed against the “unfair” treatment of the convicted GOP operative during a graduation ceremony for former prisoners, the president added that he would not grant Stone a pardon just yet because he wanted to “let the process play out,” an apparent allusion to Stone’s petition for a new trial and potential appeal.

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  7. legal

    'All traitors must die': Feds charge man for threatening whistleblower attorney

    The man allegedly emailed the attorney in November, calling him a “traitor” who “must die a miserable death.”

    Federal prosecutors in Michigan have charged a man with making a death threat against one of the attorneys for a whistleblower who initiated the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, according to newly unsealed court records.

    The man, Brittan J. Atkinson, allegedly emailed the attorney in November, calling him a “traitor” who “must die a miserable death.” The attorney, Mark Zaid, confirmed to POLITICO that he received the email the day after Trump held up Zaid’s photo and read some of Zaid’s tweets during a rally.

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  8. white house

    Split-screen Trump plays pundit at rally during Democratic debate

    "I hear he's getting pounded at the debate!" Trump said about Mike Bloomberg, the ex-New York mayor who was making his first Democratic debate appearance.

    PHOENIX — President Donald Trump took his campaign counterprogramming to a new level Wednesday night at a typically boisterous rally, refusing to cede any news cycle to the Democrats as the 2020 election heats up.

    Trump took swings at his potential 2020 opponents, dishing out real-time commentary as Democrats were sparring at their final debate before the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.

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  9. OPINION | Fourth Estate

    Why the Running Mate Will Really Matter This Time

    With four leading presidential contenders in their 70s, the VP slot has never been more meaningful.

    The vice presidency—likened to a “warm bucket of piss” by John Nance Garner, who suffered eight years in the office under FDR, and called a political dead end by others—has miraculously become Washington’s second most desirable job.

    It’s not that the job has changed. What’s given the vice presidency a new sheen is the advanced age of four leading contenders for the presidency—Donald Trump, 73; Bernie Sanders, 78; Mike Bloomberg, 78; and Joe Biden, 77. None of the four amigos is likely to croak tomorrow, but the actuarial odds are bending against them. One scholar on aging reports that Trump has an 84.8 percent chance of surviving a 2020 term, while Sanders, Bloomberg and Biden rate several percentage points worse.

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  10. legal

    What would make William Barr quit?

    Some have dismissed the public dance between Barr and Trump as Kabuki theater — but the attorney general’s allies insist Barr’s patience is not infinite.

    What is William Barr's red line?

    It's the question flying around the Justice Department and the legal world as the attorney general is locked in a tense standoff with Donald Trump, who is defying Barr’s public plea last week that the president stop his high-profile punditry about pending criminal cases.

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  11. white house

    Trump seeks deal on foreign workers that could anger base

    The business-friendly proposal is being pushed amid a stalled effort to more broadly overhaul immigration laws.

    The White House can't get its broad immigration proposal moving, so officials are pursuing a narrow deal that would please the business community but might go against the president's campaign promise to reduce overall immigration.

    In recent months, the administration has been in talks with senators about legislation that would create new categories of temporary worker visas or lengthen the allotted stays for those workers, among other possible changes, according to four people familiar with the discussions.

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  12. white house

    Trump taps fierce ally Grenell as top intelligence official

    The move puts a loyalist with no obvious intel experience at the commanding heights of America's spy agencies.

    President Trump on Wednesday tapped Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany, to be acting director of national intelligence.

    "Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” the president tweeted.

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  13. Health Care

    Democratic candidates, Trump agree: Their medical records are none of your business

    The oldest field of presidential candidates in modern history have released limited information in doctor’s notes, betting that’s enough to assuage voters.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ refusal to release more medical records, months after vowing to offer “comprehensive” details after his heart attack, is the latest reminder voters know relatively little about the health of the men and women seeking the most powerful job in the world — including some who would turn 80 in their first terms.

    None of the top dozen presidential candidates this cycle has released his or her “full” health records, instead offering doctor’s notes that paper over decades of medical trauma, ranging from heart attacks to brain surgery. President Donald Trump, by issuing a widely panned letter from his doctor as a candidate and offering few details on his health while in office, has also made it easier for the latest crop of candidates to obfuscate their records.

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  14. 2020

    Can Bloomberg Learn To Say 'I Was Wrong'?

    Tonight, for the first time, a candidate who’s built a career on being right faces the public blowback of an entire party.

    Not every politician, of course, believes in apologies. "In politics, never apologize, never explain” is a rule of thumb attributed to Napoleon and others. When Franklin Roosevelt worried that an audience he was addressing in Pennsylvania might remember a broken promise he’d made earlier in Pittsburgh, his adviser Sam Rosenman suggested: “Deny you were ever in Pittsburgh.”

    And the man Mike Bloomberg wants to face in November, Donald J. Trump, made not apologizing an art form. From his refusal to admit he legitimately lost the popular vote, to his “creative” rendering of the path of a hurricane, to his endless assertions that his phone call to Ukraine’s president was “perfect,” Trump clearly believes that any acknowledgment of error will cause a Wicked Witch of the West meltdown.

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  15. Illinois

    Defiant Blagojevich heaps praise on Trump after commutation

    “I’m returning home today from a long exile, a freed political prisoner,” Rod Blagojevich said during a news conference.

    A defiant, fresh-out-of-prison Rod Blagojevich heaped praise Wednesday upon President Donald Trump for his decision to commute the former Illinois governor’s 14-year prison sentence for corruption.

    “I'm returning home today from a long exile, a freed political prisoner,” Blagojevich said during a news conference outside his home in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. The former governor expressed no remorse for the actions that landed him in federal prison for the past eight years and railed against a “broken and racist” criminal justice system.

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  16. 2020 Elections

    Sheldon Adelson to host major Trump fundraiser

    The GOP megadonor is seen as a key piece of the president's reelection plans.


    Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is throwing his financial might behind President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.

    Adelson, a multi-billionaire who is the Republican Party’s most prominent giver, is slated to host a March 12 fundraiser for Trump at his palatial Las Vegas home, according to two people familiar with the plans. The event is expected to draw large sums for the president’s reelection campaign: Attendees are being asked to give $100,000 to get into the dinner and $250,000 per person in order to sit for a roundtable discussion.

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  17. Media

    The Hill finds John Solomon 'failed' to identify key details of sources

    The publication reviewed the former columnist's work after it came under scrutiny during the impeachment inquiry.

    John Solomon, the former opinion writer at The Hill whose columns were seen as a central part of a smear campaign against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, failed to identify "important details" about his sources — including that they were under investigation or indictment and were even his attorneys, according to a review of his work by his former colleagues.

    In its review of 14 columns, The Hill's news team said serious doubts about the credibility of Solomon's Ukrainian sources were evident even before his interviews with them. Those include, most notably, two former Ukrainian prosecutors — Yuriy Lutsenko and Victor Shokin — who were the principal sources behind unsupported allegations of corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

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  18. White House

    Trump's budget gives Greenland another try

    The funds would “establish a permanent diplomatic presence in Greenland, which was previously notified to Congress,” according to the request.

    President Donald Trump’s far-fetched plan to acquire Greenland proved unsuccessful last year, but a new idea tucked away in the president’s new budget request has a better chance: a consulate in the independent, ice-covered Danish territory.

    The administration’s proposal, rolled out last week, would give the State Department $587,000 to build a first permanent consular services outpost in the strategic location in the Arctic Circle.

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  19. 2020 elections

    Vulnerable GOP senators tie fortunes to Trump

    The president is campaigning in states with three vulnerable GOP senators over the next two weeks, beginning Wednesday in Arizona.

    PHOENIX — President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies over the next two weeks are taking him straight into the heart of the Senate battleground map.

    Trump’s recent and upcoming rallies are counter-programming the Democratic presidential primaries in early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. But in the next two weeks he’s also hitting Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina, a trio of states that feature vulnerable Republican senators and hold the key to the GOP maintaining control of the chamber.

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  20. 2020 elections

    Bloomberg in 2016: ‘Yes, Donald, I do love you’

    The former New York mayor is haunted by his past chumminess with the man he wants to boot from office.

    As Mike Bloomberg rises in the polls and lands on the debate stage, his past interactions with Donald Trump are coming back to haunt him.

    A photo of Bloomberg looking chummy with Trump on a golf course was plastered all over social media this week, courtesy of Bernie Sanders. A clip of Bloomberg declaring, "I'm a friend of Donald Trump's. He is a New York icon,” has made the rounds on cable news.

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