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Commission rejects Trump push to add debate against Biden

Aug 6 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has rejected a request from the Trump campaign to either add an additional general election debate or move up the calendar for the contests. In a letter to Trump private attorney Rudy Giuliani, his liaison to the commission, the commission wrote that it is committed to its […]

Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers

Aug 3 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers. Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the board, and he threatened to remove other board […]

Administration wants West Wing remodel money in virus bill

Jul 29 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The Trump administration wants $377 million in the next coronavirus relief bill for a long-delayed modernization of the West Wing, but the timetable for construction is yet to be determined. The sum, included in the draft aid legislation from Senate Republicans, would also cover a new security screening facility for the Eisenhower Executive […]

2nd presidential debate host withdraws amid virus outbreak

Jul 27 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The University of Notre Dame has become the second university to withdraw as the host of one of this fall's three scheduled presidential debates amid the coronavirus pandemic. The university was set to host the inaugural face-off between President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden on Sept. 29. The first debate will […]

Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention

Jul 23 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has scrubbed his planned Republican National Convention scheduled for Florida next month, citing a “flare-up” of the coronavirus. Trump's formal renomination will still go forward in North Carolina, where a small subset of GOP delegates will still gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, for just four hours […]

Trump show returns: President resuming virus briefings

Jul 21 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pulled the plug on his freewheeling daily coronavirus briefings when they turned into a political liability this spring, but he was reviving them Tuesday, looking to halt a campaign-season erosion of support as new cases spike across the country. The early evening show at the White House was rolling out […]

Trump’s grand GOP convention plans shrink as virus surges

Jul 16 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's plans for a grand convention keep shrinking. The Republican National Committee announced Thursday that it is sharply restricting attendance on three of the four nights of its convention in Jacksonville, Florida, next month. As the GOP looks for ways to move forward while coronavirus cases are spiking in the state, […]

Trump trades arenas for Rose Garden in attack on Biden

Jul 15 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump transformed an event that was supposed to highlight his China policy into an impromptu campaign rally, delivering an expansive and often meandering broadside against Democratic rival Joe Biden on trade, policing and his son's business practices, among other topics. The Republican president traded the arena-style rallies he favours for the […]

Trump’s reelection operation hires 1,500 field staffers

Jul 13 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November. Trump Victory, the joint field effort of the two organizations, announced Monday the hiring of an additional 300 staffers set to hit 20 target […]

Pence cancels some political events because of virus spikes

Jun 27 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Vice-President Mike Pence called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases. Pence will still travel to those states, which have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days, the White House confirmed, saying he will meet with governors and […]

Trump outraised by Biden in May, but holds cash-on-hand edge

Jun 20 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was outraised by Joe Biden in May, taking in $74 million for his reelection, but he maintains a sizable advantage in cash on hand over the presumptive Democratic nominee. The pro-Trump effort, which includes fundraising by the Republican National Committee, on Saturday reported its total days after Biden and Democrats […]

Trump team seeks 4th debate with Biden, cites voting by mail

Jun 18 2020 — Zeke Miller, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign is requesting a fourth debate with his presumptive Democratic rival, citing an expected surge in mail and absentee voting this fall because of the coronavirus. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made the request Thursday in a call with Frank Fahrenkopf, the […]