In interviews with Axios, several staunch allies of Donald Trump are openly stating that the president has 4-8 weeks to salvage any chance of winning re-election due to an economy that is still spiraling out of control because of the COVID-19 crisis.
According to Stephen Moore, whose name the president once floated for a spot on Federal Reserve, “If the administration mishandles its economic recovery efforts, he said, Trump is ‘in big trouble.'”
“Other conservative leaders — including former Congressman and Club for Growth President David McIntosh, a Pence ally who served in the same Indiana district immediately before the Vice President — said they worry that there isn’t enough attention being placed on the longer-term, post-coronavirus economic strategy,” Alayna Treene of Axios writes, adding that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has become a focus of concern.
“I don’t think [Mnuchin] has yet started thinking about that long-term, how do we incentivize the rapid recovery or the V-shape bounce back?” McIntosh explained. “I understand their planning process, to deal with emergency. But now it’s time to start thinking of the exit strategy.”
According to a Republican strategist who didn’t want their name used, “Red flags are going up. We understand that there is this sort of survival phase, but there’s a concern that Mnuchin is overplaying that and not looking ahead. The emerging consensus is the next phase needs to be about economic growth, not about making government bigger through massive spending and increased regulation that stifles the economic recovery.”
As Treene explains, “Trump built his re-election pitch on the idea the U.S. has seen historic prosperity under his leadership — but now the economy is in shambles,” and that he is looking to create a second task force — one that reportedly includes his daughter, Ivanka Trump — to oversee the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and that is not being well received.
“McIntosh poured cold water on the idea of a totally separate task force, warning that a second group would create ‘competing centers for decision making,'” the report states. “Instead, McIntosh recommended that they instead beef up the existing task force led by Pence with outside business advisers, not more government officials, ‘to give them that perspective of what matters in the real world economy.'”
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Trump says he will name woman to succeed Ginsburg on Supreme Court
With less than two months to go before the US election, galvanized Democrats are pushing back furiously on Trump's desire to 'to move quickly' on the nomination process
US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he would nominate a woman to succeed late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The president's desire to "to move quickly" on the process, despite Democrats' vehement opposition, is likely to dominate the campaigns – alongside other hot-button issues such as the coronavirus and America's ongoing racial reckoning – ahead of the November 3 election.
Democrat Teresa Greenfield leads GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in ‘Gold Standard’ poll of Iowa
The Des Moines Register released their latest polling of Iowa on Saturday.
"Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in a Senate race that appears to be among the most competitive in the country," the newspaper reported. "With just over six weeks to Election Day, the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Greenfield leading 45% to 42% among likely voters. Another 3% say they would vote for someone else, 2% say they would not vote in the race and 7% are unsure."
Trump promises America we will never see him again if Biden wins
President Donald Trump insisted he would withdraw from public life should he lose the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who has been a public figure since he started appearing in tabloid stories in the 1980s, made the promise during a campaign rally North Carolina on Saturday.
"If I lose to him, I don't know what I'm going to do," Trump said, in comments that will stoke fears he may try to hold onto power regardless of the will of the voters.
"I will never speak to you again, you'll never see me," he vowed.
Trump was quickly ridiculed for his remarks. Here's some of what people were saying: