Donald Trump 2020

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  1. congress

    Trump's new best friend in North Carolina

    Sen. Thom Tillis is hugging Trump tightly as he faces the stiffest GOP primary campaign of the 2020 cycle.

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Sen. Thom Tillis began the Trump era by negotiating with Democrats on immigration and co-authoring legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. He even briefly opposed President Donald Trump’s national emergency to build a border wall.

    But now the North Carolina Republican's independent streak is fading. He’s deploying the president as a shield against a conservative primary challenger and he’s hugging Trump tightly.

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  2. White House

    Trump takes his ‘scam’ message to the heartland

    The White House and its allies have embarked on a coast-to-coast campaign to persuade Americans that Democrats are wasting time impeaching Trump.

    The outcome of the impeachment investigation in Washington is all but certain. So President Donald Trump and his allies are focusing their defense on the people they think matter far more to their future: Americans from across the nation who will decide his political fate in November 2020.

    White House officials in recent weeks have participated in nearly 700 television and radio interviews, many in communities big and small across the U.S., according to a White House official familiar with the effort. Cabinet secretaries are spreading Trump’s anti-impeachment message when they travel. And Trump aides are engaging Republican governors across the nation to fight back against Democrats and others who back impeachment.

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  3. White House

    Trump labels top Pence aide a 'Never Trumper'

    The president tweeted that Jennifer Williams — “whoever that is” — should read the transcripts of both his calls with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.

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    President Donald Trump on Sunday labeled one of his vice president’s top national security aides a “Never Trumper,” a day after it was disclosed that she had said the president’s July call with Ukraine was “unusual and inappropriate” in a deposition to Congress.

    Trump tweeted that the aide, Jennifer Williams — “whoever that is,” he said — should read the transcripts of both his calls with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine: the July 25 call at the center of the impeachment inquiry, as well as an initial April 21 call that the White House released a summary of Friday.

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  4. Congress

    Pelosi: I ‘look forward to seeing’ evidence clearing Trump

    “If he has information that is exculpatory ... then we look forward to seeing it."

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she and House impeachment investigators “look forward” to seeing any information that would demonstrate President Donald Trump’s innocence.

    “That remains,” the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS's “Face the Nation” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether she had seen any information that clears Trump of any wrongdoing in the Ukraine scandal.

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  5. Congress

    Pelosi has 'no idea' if impeachment inquiry will wrap by year's end

    Democrats aren’t committing to a firm timeline for the investigation of Trump.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday left open the possibility that Democrats’ impeachment inquiry will continue into next year, saying she has “no idea” whether it would be finished by the end of December, the strongest indication yet that their probe into President Donald Trump could interfere with the 2020 presidential race.

    Pelosi also refused to elaborate on what — if any — charges House Democrats would bring against Trump, notably declining to say whether the president’s Twitter attack on former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony amounted to witness intimidation.

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  6. Elections

    Steve Scalise: Trump doesn’t ‘look bad’ after Louisiana governor loss

    The House minority whip added that Trump’s support helped galvanize Republicans in the state to force a runoff.

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    President Donald Trump doesn’t "look bad" after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' narrow reelection victory over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in Louisiana, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Sunday.

    “What he said was he’d be made to look bad whether he came in the state or not,” Scalise, the House minority whip, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Eddie Rispone made up a 22-point disadvantage over the last month because of President Trump’s involvement. … Clearly, President Trump’s involvement made a big difference at helping close that massive gap.”

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  7. Congress

    Steve Scalise: Trump's military pardons boost troop morale

    “I think our troops' morale is much higher — troops that I've heard from — because this has been a concern."

    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise on Sunday voiced his support for President Donald Trump’s pardons of two Army officers who were accused of war crimes, arguing the move boosts morale in the military.

    "I've heard from our men and women in uniform for years that they felt that they were sidelined because they needed a team of attorneys before they could return fire in the battlefield," the Louisiana Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think our troops' morale is much higher — troops that I've heard from — because this has been a concern."

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  8. Congress

    House members debate possible ‘witness intimidation’ by Trump

    Democrat Sean Maloney says "it's obviously wrong." Republican Chris Stewart doubts Marie Yovanovitch was intimidated by "a single tweet."

    Two House Intelligence Committee members on opposite sides of the aisle squared off Sunday over President Donald Trump’s tweets aimed at discrediting former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her public testimony.

    “It’s obviously wrong,” Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “The president is intimidating a witness in real time. How have we come to the point where decent people like Chris Stewart have to defend that kind of conduct?”

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  9. Legal

    Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’

    He says no real evidence has been presented.

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    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, tweeted early Sunday that the House investigation into Trump is “a travesty.”

    “After 3 witnesses no evidence has been presented of any offense. The first two permanent diplomats had no direct knowledge just overhearing things. The third one had no knowledge not even hearsay. This is a travesty,“ he tweeted.

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  10. Defense

    U.S. postpones military exercises with South Korea in nod toward North Korea

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper says it is part of “a good-faith effort” to lessen tensions.

    BANGKOK — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea.

    The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated North Korean missile launches, told Esper “no one could be optimistic about” changing the North’s behavior.

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  11. white house

    Don Jr. is on a mission to recruit Trump culture warriors

    He’s working to translate the combative, anti-liberal MAGA ethos for internet-savvy nonboomers.

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    Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t freelancing when he came in swinging during his appearance last week on “The View,” accusing Joy Behar of wearing blackface and Whoopi Goldberg of excusing Roman Polanski’s alleged sexual assault of a minor.

    It was a showcase for the well-rehearsed role he has been playing for internet-savvy culture warriors and on the campaign trail: translating the combative, anti-liberal MAGA ethos for nonboomers.

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  12. Letter from Louisiana

    Can Trump Win Governor of Louisiana?

    He’s not officially on the ballot, but he’s desperate for proof that voters love him enough to take down a popular Democrat.

    From their matching red ties to their matching rhetoric, President Trump and Eddie Rispone, the Republican challenger to Louisiana’s incumbent governor, John Bel Edwards, have tried to erase any distinction between them.

    “You need to fire your far-left governor,” Trump told the crowd of nearly 14,000 on Thursday night in Bossier City.

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  13. Law And Order

    What Was Truly Unprecedented in This Week’s Impeachment Hearings?

    We’ve seen impeachment proceedings before—but not like this. We rounded up 5 experts on the process to tell us what we should have been paying attention to.

    It’s easy to call an impeachment “historic,” but what kind of history did we really see this week? Most of us couldn’t answer that in real time, but POLITICO Magazine tracked down the tiny handful of Americans who can: the historians and legal analysts who specialize in the rare, high-stakes process of impeachment itself.

    This week we invited a group of them to watch the congressional hearings with an eye to what actually made history. They saw quite a bit of it unfold in the hearings on President Donald Trump’s conduct around Ukraine and the conduct of the Congress looking into it.

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  14. impeachment

    7 reporters recount a historic week in impeachment

    Public testimony roiled the political world but are Trump and his presidency in any more trouble than a week ago?

    History was made this week as public hearings began in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

    It was difficult, but not impossible, to overlook this simple fact amid the blizzard of breaking news and onslaught of accusations, counter-claims and Twitter tirades.

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  15. OPINION | Law and Order

    Trump Is Writing His Own Articles of Impeachment

    Disparaging a witness in the middle of her testimony, the president made the Democrats’ job a lot easier.

    The second public impeachment hearing should have made less of an impact than the blockbuster first hearing. After all, the witness—former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch—had little testimony to offer about the aid-for-dirt scheme at the core of the inquiry.

    President Donald Trump changed that with a single tweet.

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  16. white house

    Trump pardons soldiers implicated in war crimes

    The move drew a swift outcry about potential harm to the military justice system.

    President Donald Trump, carrying through on a previous pledge, granted full pardons on Friday to a pair of Army officers convicted of or charged with war crimes — and also promoted a Navy SEAL who was tried and acquitted for similar violations of the laws of armed conflict.

    The grants of clemency for 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn — and the promotion to chief petty officer of Edward Gallagher, who had been demoted from that rank — were approved despite lingering concerns that such presidential interference will damage the integrity of the military justice system.

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  17. national security

    Trump ignored aides' advice to raise corruption in first Zelensky call, source says

    According to the record, Trump congratulated Zelensky on his election victory but did not mention corruption.

    White House national security advisers suggested President Donald Trump raise the broad issue of corruption in his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on April 21, but Trump chose not to, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    One of Republicans’ central defenses in the impeachment inquiry has been that Trump cares deeply about corruption in Ukraine, which is why he asked Zelensky in July to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's dealings with the country.

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  18. impeachment

    Trump attack on Yovanovitch exposes GOP's muddled impeachment defense

    The president was left isolated after Republican lawmakers refused to follow his lead and attack the former ambassador to Ukraine.

    Donald Trump is alone.

    Not a single Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee backed up the president’s midhearing attacks on veteran diplomat Marie Yovanovitch Friday as she described a Trump-fueled “smear campaign” that effectively ended her career.

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  19. Congress

    'Witness intimidation in real-time': Democrats see more evidence of Trump obstruction

    Even Republicans expressed their discomfort with Trump attacking the former ambassador to Ukraine while she was testifying.

    House Democrats are calling Donald Trump’s decision to attack Marie Yovanovitch mid-hearing on Friday a blatant example of witness intimidation, further building the case to charge the president with obstruction in potential articles of impeachment.

    Lawmakers of both parties were stunned to see Trump’s disparaging tweet about the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in the middle of a hearing where she had already described in great detail how she felt personally threatened by the president.

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  20. legal

    Roger Stone was found guilty. Now all eyes turn to Trump.

    The president will face pressure to pardon Stone after the GOP operative was found guilty of charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Updated

    Roger Stone is guilty, and now his future might rest in Donald Trump’s hands.

    A federal jury on Friday found the longtime Republican provocateur guilty on all charges for thwarting a House investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, opening up a political pandora’s box for a president already facing pressure from his conservative base to issue a pardon.

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