After yet another disastrous week for the White House, some of his closest advisors have grown pessimistic about his 2020 reelection prospects, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The report followed Trump's thirty-five day government shutdown, which he ended on Friday without receiving any money for his border wall.
His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is being investigated by the House Oversight Committee. And his longtime friend and political strategist Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI.
"President Trump’s defeat in his border-wall standoff with Congress has clouded his already perilous path to a second term in 2020, undercutting Mr. Trump’s cherished image as a forceful leader and deft negotiator, and emboldening alike his Democratic challengers and Republican dissenters who hope to block his re-election," The Times explained.
Trump's sinking poll numbers are harming his appeal.
"Privately, some of Mr. Trump’s 2016 aides have said they are pessimistic about his path to 270 electoral votes after his party’s midterm defeats in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, The Times reported. "An Associated Press poll on Wednesday showed that Mr. Trump’s overall approval rating had fallen to 34 percent, with his support among Republicans dipping below 80 percent — a startling turn for a president who strives for total control of the G.O.P., and has usually achieved it."
Democrats have been lining up to challenge Trump.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro have already announced campaigns, with more expected to follow.
Trump might not only have to worry about losing to Democrats, he may also face a challenge in the Republican primary.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake were all listed by The Times as potential Republican challengers.
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