According to a report from the Daily Beast, Donald Trump is privately fuming that he is getting no credit for rising employment numbers as workers return after being furloughed and businesses begin to reopen after being shut down in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
With the past two job reports showing decreases in unemployment numbers, the president and his administration have been touting the bounceback at the same time that the country is still suffering with 11 percent unemployment and an estimated 25 million Americans still out of work.
According to the Beast, based on interviews with three White House insiders, the president is furious about the lack of plaudits and puts a large part of the blame on the media.
“He’s argued that if former Vice President Joe Biden were in the White House during the current moment, the media would be fawning over the strong job gains,” the report states before adding, “Trump’s gone so far as to suggest that Democrats would want to build ‘statues’ honoring Biden, one of the sources said. Elsewhere, he’s griped about how the ‘phony’ polls conducted by independent organizations aren’t reflecting more voter enthusiasm about economic rejuvenation, another source recounted.”
More concerning to White House officials is the fact that he is also not getting a bump in the polls as the economy improves — something he had been counting on in his bid to be re-elected.
“Trump’s mounting frustrations underscore the degree to which he’s tied his personal political fortunes to the state of the economy. And they come as a major collision with Democrats over the economy’s future emerges on the horizon,” the report states before adding that the president is at a crossroads over a new COVID-19 economic stimulus package that could help Democrats if they get what they want while he gets no credit for keeping the economy afloat.
According to one economic adviser close to the president, unless workers flood back to their jobs, he doesn’t see a path to re-election.
“If our numbers are accurate, it’s hard to see how Trump can get re-elected with millions and millions of people unemployed,” conservative financial analyst Stephen Moore admitted.
The Beast report adds, “Some of the president’s top advisers working on his reelection effort have grown increasingly concerned that modest economic gains between now and the election in November simply won’t be enough to drag their candidate across the finish line to a second term,” with two officials admitting “feeling nervous last month” when they saw the president poor polling numbers stay the same after 2.5 million Americans returned to work in May.
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Trump campaign thought their ‘huge news’ on pre-existing conditions had Democrats cornered — but it backfired spectacularly
During a bizarre Friday evening press conference at his private golf club in New Jersey, President Donald Trump vowed to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.
Of course, Trump does not need an executive order to accomplish such a goal, as it is already federal law in the Affordable Care Act, that was passed a decade ago by congressional Democrats and then-President Barack Obama.
Trump campaign advisors soon took to Twitter to praise Trump's promise as "huge news."
"Huge news just now - [Trump] announces upcoming EO to cover pre-existing conditions. Big, big, big news," campaign senior advisor Jason Miller tweeted.
Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware to see Joe Biden in potential veepstakes meeting: AP
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was the first potential running mate known to have had a meeting with former Vice President Joe Biden, the Associated Press reported Friday evening.
Whitmer is reportedly one of the leading candidates to join presumptive Democratic Party nominee Biden's ticket.
Other potential running mates include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Rep. Val Demmings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-MN).
Top US counter intelligence official formally announces Russia working to attack Biden, helping Trump win re-election
The top counterintelligence official in the United States government has just released an official statement saying the Intelligence Community is actively working to help President Donald Trump get re-elected.
"We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia 'establishment.' This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia," states National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina.