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Swing state voters unhappy with Trump’s plan to relax COVID-19 health safety rules by Easter: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that he would like the country to return to normal by Easter, with coronavirus-necessitated social distancing measures and lockdowns phased out by that point.

But according to Axios, a recent focus group in Minnesota revealed that swing voters aren’t thrilled with this idea, and do not share the president’s sense of urgency to end public health measures for the sake of the economy.

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The group of voters, gathered from the town of Edina, “included seven voters who flipped from Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016, and one who switched from Mitt Romney in 2012 to Hillary Clinton in 2016.”

Their responses were broadly skeptical that Trump could solve the crisis by that point. Every single participant said they supported saving lives over reopening the economy, and all but one of them said extending school and business closures for another two months would be worth it to save one million Americans.

“Nobody has that magic day or month,” Pamela S. told the surveyors. “We all want our normal back. We want to go back out and be consumers, but none of us have been through this before … Nothing has to be open by Easter.”

“Yeah, there’s going to be businesses that bail,” said Eric P. “A lot of small businesses are going to hurt, especially restaurants and bars. They’re going to hurt and they might have to start anew. But if it saves a million people? Yeah, take that pill. You swallow it and you move on.”

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Trump vows he’ll back any candidate with a pulse against GOP senator who questioned Trump’s response to protests

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President Donald Trump vowed he would even back a "bad" candidate as he seeks revenge against a member of his own party.

On Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said she agreed with former Defense Secretary James Mattis' criticism of Trump's response to the protests -- and revealed she was "struggling" over whether she will support Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.

Trump did not take kindly to the criticism.

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Chinese, Iranian hackers targeted Biden and Trump campaigns, Google official says

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State-backed hackers from China have targeted staffers working on the U.S. presidential campaign of Joe Biden, a senior Google security official said Thursday. The same official said Iranian hackers had also recently targeted email accounts belonging to President Donald Trump's campaign staff.

The announcement, made on Twitter by the head of Google's Threat Analysis Group, Shane Huntley, is the latest indication of the digital spying routinely aimed at top politicians of all stripes.

Huntley said there was "no sign of compromise" of either campaign.

Iranian attempts to break into Trump campaign officials' emails have been documented before. Last year, Microsoft Corp announced that a group often nicknamed Charming Kitten had tried to break into email accounts belonging to an unnamed U.S. presidential campaign that sources identified as Trump's.

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Trump hauls campaign team in for meeting as his standing ‘erodes in key battleground states’: report

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President Donald Trump's sliding poll numbers have left him in a precarious position electorally, and now Bloomberg is reporting that the president is hauling his campaign team in for a meeting to figure out how to stop the bleeding.

The meeting, which will include son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign manager Brad Parscale, comes as the president has seen "his political standing erode in key battleground states," sources tell Bloomberg.

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