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Even Donald Trump Jr fears his dad’s administration will bungle coronavirus response — and doom 2020 election: report

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Increased fears about a massive coronavirus outbreak in the United States have led some of President Donald Trump’s allies to worry about how it will impact the American economy during an election year.

Politico reports that even Donald Trump Jr. is starting to feel nervous about how his father’s White House is handling the virus.

“Donald Trump Jr. has mused to associates he hopes the White House does not screw up the response and put the president’s best reelection message at risk, said two individuals with knowledge of his comments,” the publication writes.

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Former White House economic adviser Stephen Moore predicted that the virus would soon be contained, but he said that he understood worries about how it will affect the economy.

“Trump’s reelection effort is so closely tied to the strength of the stock market and the economy,” he said. “Anything that shakes us off of that pro-growth track is a concern.”

Politico reports that officials inside the White House have been looking at models that show the virus “hit a slew of industries including manufacturers, airlines, automakers and tech companies, slowing down both the U.S. and Chinese economies.” Making matters worse, the publication writes, is that “the White House has few economic tricks it can deploy to lessen the impact.”


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Pompeo threatens Russia with ‘enormous price to pay’ for bounties while Trump still denies them

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President Donald Trump still denies that Russia issued bounties on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan, but his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, didn't get the memo.

Speaking to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pompeo even went so far as to issue a threat to the Trump ally.

“What we’ve said is this: If the Russians are offering money to kill Americans or, for that matter, other Westerners as well, there will be an enormous price to pay,” said Pompeo, as captured by the Washington Post. “That’s what I shared with Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov. I know our military has talked to their senior leaders as well. We won’t brook that; we won’t tolerate that.”

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Trump just said the silent part out loud

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President Donald Trump on Thursday told Fox Business that he will continue to block aid to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), publicly acknowledging that doing so would undermine states' plans to expand mail-in voting for Election Day.

This article was originally published at Salon

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Jared Kushner exposed as Trump’s ‘most dangerous enabler’ by veteran journalist

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Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is the subject of a lengthy new profile in The Atlantic by veteran journalist Franklin Foer, who describes Kushner as President Donald Trump's "most dangerous enabler."

The profile draws on Kushner's history of growing up under a father who may be even more demanding and irascible than Trump to show how he is both used to managing impulsive people with explosive tempers, and how he has boundless self-confidence in his ability to solve problems.

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