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Trump whined to staff after his West Virginia rally fell flat — and has been more ‘subdued’ than usual

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President Donald Trump’s rally in West Virginia came after a “double guilty” for senior allies of the campaign Tuesday. It’s been enough to put the president in a “mood.”

According to The New York Times, the general feeling was that things have looked this bad before amid Team Trump. However, there was little consolation from advisors who admitted they had no idea how to counter the news that former “fixer” Michael Cohen fingered Trump in his court plea.

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So, Trump did what he tends to do: he blamed the media and repeated key crowd-pleasers to an eager arena of supporters. Still, Trump told a person close to him the rally fell flat and he saw empty chairs. The president typically feeds off of the crowd’s energy, but Tuesday, he couldn’t quite deliver.

“But this time, advisers noticed that the president, a man who has in the past relished the idea of leading his troops into political battle, seemed subdued,” The Times wrote. “He appeared to realize the serious nature of what had just taken place, and yet his relative calm — contrasted with his more typical lashing out when he is anxious — unnerved some of his aides.”

On Tuesday evening, en route to Washington from Charleston, Trump tried to minimize the news when speaking to aides. He claimed that neither Cohen nor Manafort had anything to do with him and whined about the way it “looked” while at the rally.

Read the full report from The New York Times.

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Deputy national security adviser accused by White House officials of being ‘Anonymous’ may be reassigned

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According to a new report from Axios, there's a discussion amongst top Trump officials about reassigning deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council. Coates has been the target of some inside the White House who accuse her of being behind an op-ed in the New York Times -- and later a bestselling book -- which chronicled a resistance movement inside the Trump administration.

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Ex-Obama adviser offers three essential tips for any Democrat who wants to beat Trump

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Dan Pfeiffer, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and current host of the "Pod Save America" podcast, has written a piece in Politico that offers three essential tips for whomever the Democratic Party nominates as its candidate for president.

In particular, Pfeiffer looks at the major mistakes that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) made when he ran against Obama in 2012, and which allowed Obama to win quite handily despite being stuck with an unemployment rate of 8 percent.

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White House advisers fear Trump’s passive approach to China is making the coronavirus worse

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President Donald Trump has already expended all of his political capital with China over his trade war and he is unwilling to pressure the country now that the coronavirus is getting closer and closer to pandemic status.

"U.S. health officials have been signaling for nearly two weeks now that a coronavirus pandemic may be on the horizon," wrote infectious diseases reporter Helen Branswell for STAT. "While stressing that the virus presents only a 'low risk' to Americans right now, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, acknowledged Tuesday that that might not remain the case for long."

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