In lieu of any impeachment war room, President Donald Trump has given his blessing to regular calls between White House aides and some House Republicans to hammer out a response strategy.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the communication was catalyzed by members of the House Freedom Caucus who were deeply perturbed at the lack of White House guidance on how to respond to impeachment developments. The final straw was reportedly when the White House initially blocked ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland from testifying, a maneuver they didn’t see coming.
The few talking points the White House has been pushing center on denigrating Democrats rather than defending Trump’s actions: that the party has been out to get Trump from the beginning, that they are accordingly fast-tracking the impeachment inquiry and that they are ignoring their other work.
The newest narrative team Trump will have to spin came Tuesday, when top State Department aide on the Ukraine Bill Taylor laid out clear instances of Trump and those in his orbit spelling out a quid pro quo to Ukraine centered on the manufacturing of a Biden scandal.