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Tensions are growing between Trump and Pence — who polls show is more popular than the president: report

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President Donald Trump publicly insists everything is fine between him and Vice President Mike Pence, but there do seems to be tensions between the two men and their teams.

White House officials have denied rumors that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have discussed replacing Pence on the 2020 ticket with former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, but cracks have developed beneath the surface between the president and his running mate, reported Yahoo News.

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“The perception is that Pence’s team is difficult to work with,” said one Trump adviser, who said Trump occasionally seeks his staffer’s opinions on the vice president and his aides. “That just doesn’t come up organically. Somebody is saying that to the president.”

Pence’s team seems to know there are factions in the White House that would prefer another running mate.

“There are certain pockets out there that want to solve their problems by replacing the running mate,” said one Pence adviser. “But we’re on the team. We might be JV, but we’re helping re-elect him.”

Trump has insisted Pence has been an “outstanding VP,” but one episode recounted by Yahoo News shows the level of mistrust between the two camps.

The president’s daughter and son-in-law, who serve as White House advisers and work closely with 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, have sidelined top Pence political aides such as fundraiser Marty Obst and former spokesman Marc Lotter, according to Trump campaign advisers.

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Pence’s aides asked Parscale to test the vice president’s favorability as part of a spring polling effort, according to Trump campaign aides.

Parscale told them it was too late to add the question, but that wasn’t true.

The question was already on the poll, which was conducted in 14 states, and the campaign learned that Pence’s favorability rating was higher than Trump’s — which Parscale wanted to keep from both Trump and his vice president.

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But Obst, who is Pence’s chief political aide as well as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, used a mole inside the president’s campaign to obtain a copy of the poll.

Haley’s out-of-nowhere public denial inflamed tensions two weeks ago, and some Pence advisers have complained that Trump expects his vice president to pass “loyalty tests” — which places into sharper relief his decision to stay at the Trump-owned Doonberg golf resort during official visit to Ireland.

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“He’s on a tightrope,” said one RNC member, who helped put Pence onto the 2016 ticket. “If he takes Mike Pence off the ticket, that would just be despicable.”

One former adviser to both Trump and Pence said the vice president could improve his relationship with the president by making clear he would not seek his job.

“All of this would go away if he announced he wasn’t running for president in 2024,” the former adviser said.

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Trump spent 45 minutes talking with cast of right-wing play dramatizing ‘Deep State’ conspiracy theories: report

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The coronavirus emergency has given President Donald Trump one of the most daunting tests of his administration, with less than a year to go before he stands for re-election.

And yet in the midst of all the chaos, one thing the president found time to do on Thursday was meet with the cast of a bizarre right-wing play dramatizing the supposed "deep state" plot at the FBI to frame Trump in the Russia investigation.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent 45 minutes talking with the people behind "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," which focuses on the affair between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The leading roles of Strzok and Page were played by Dean Cain, the former Superman actor, and Kristy Swanson, who played the starring role in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

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All US Navy ships in the Pacific near countries with coronavirus ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days

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CNN National Security reporter Ryan Browne tweeted Thursday that the U.S. Navy has ordered all of its vessels in the Pacific that have been near countries with COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, "to remain at sea for at least 14 days before pulling into another port in order to monitor sailors for any symptoms of the virus."

Health experts have said that the two-week period should give enough time for infected people to become aware that they are sick.

The highly-contagious disease has spread very quickly in South Korea and California after public exposure. The first person verified with "community-spread" transmission was identified just outside of Sacramento, California.

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‘Most wicked to ever represent Cleveland’: Jim Jordan ripped by hometown paper for covering up sex scandal

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President Trump likes to call his enemies 'sleaze bags" and Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan a "warrior," but according to Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin, Trump has it backward.

While Jordan may not seem like the worse politician to ever come out of Ohio, the "crimes" he's committed "don't involve felonies," according to Larkin. "They are crimes against America, crimes involving total disregard for the principles of democracy, trampling the truth on behalf of a corrupt president who revels in his inhumanity."

Watching Jordan question witnesses during the House impeachment inquiry particularly incensed Larkin, who writes that it was like watching a man who "spent his childhood gleefully ripping wings off flies."

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