The list of planned replacements is much longer, but these are Trump's priorities.
Jonathan SwanNew w @alaynatreene — “If President Trump wins re-election, he'll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.”
A federal health agency halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essential workers: Santa Claus performers.
Jonathan SwanRic Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news “extremely disappointing.”
An ex-business partner of Hunter Biden said he consulted his father about a planned venture with a Chinese oil company. Joe Biden denied any involvement in the venture and corporate records reviewed by The Journal show no role for him.
A surge of federal spending to combat the coronavirus and cushion the U.S. economy, coupled with a drop-off in federal revenues amid widespread shutdowns and layoffs, contributed to the widening deficit.
Jonathan Swan“Federal debt totaled 102% of gross domestic product, the first time it has exceeded the size of the economy for the full fiscal year in more than 70 years.” wsj.com/articles/u-s-b… via @WSJ
Defenders say campaign manager Bill Stepien is dealing with an impossible situation.
Jonathan Swan“One campaign adviser pointed to a ‘half-assed’ advertising buy in Wisconsin this week, around $130,000... which two campaign sources said seemed pointless given it's too small to move the needle.”
Jonathan Swan“Stepien's critics say he is in CYA mode, refusing to make tough decisions that might incur Trump's wrath while setting up excuses for what polls suggest could be a shellacking by Joe Biden.”
Jonathan Swan!! “Donald Trump Jr., who self-quarantined after traveling with people who later tested positive for the coronavirus, is planning to take part in *26 campaign events* next week on behalf of his father, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.”
Congressional Republicans aren’t inclined to wrap themselves any tighter to a sinking ship.
Jonathan SwanTwo sources close to Senate leadership said President Trump is desperate, has zero leverage to push them to support a bill crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Republicans aren’t inclined to wrap themselves any tighter to a sinking ship.
Trump was rattled after seeing the drop in the stock market after his tweet calling off the talks.
Jonathan SwanNew w @alaynatreene: "Within a day of tweeting that he was calling off bipartisan talks for a coronavirus stimulus deal, President Trump phoned McCarthy and indicated he was worried by the stock market reaction and wanted a "big deal" with Pelosi..."
Trump is urging the release of materials that he believes will be politically advantageous.
Jonathan SwanNEW: Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has approved the release to DOJ/Durham's team of a large binder full of documents to assist a review of the Obama admin's handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.