Donald Trump

Where Things Stand: Trump’s GOP Friends Want Him To Stop Talking

Some of President Trump’s closes allies would like him to stop talking now.

And they’re saying it publicly.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump is in town to support the re-election campaign for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) as well as Nevada Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt and candidate for Nevada's 3rd House District Danny Tarkanian and 4th House District Cresent Hardy.
Where Things Stand: Trump Speaks For Himself
This is your TPM early-afternoon briefing.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is returning to the first lady’s team as chief-of-staff, leaving behind a likely calculated legacy of not once holding a press briefing.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: President Donald Trump stops to talk to the media about the shooting in a California Mosque as he makes his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he travels to Green Bay Wisconsin for a campaign rally on April 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. The President was traveling on the night of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
WH Moves Toward Ordering Broader Use Of Face Masks In Hard-Hit Areas
Where Things Stand: Trump Didn’t Take McConnell’s Political Out

The Senate majority leader tried to give him an out.

It’s hardly surprising that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would contort himself into a pretzel to offer President Trump some sort of excuse — especially one dripping in Trump’s favorite flavor of partisanship — for the administration’s botched handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. But the befuddling bit is Trump didn’t bite.

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In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, March 30, 2020. The governor said she suspended state hiring and promotions and vetoed $80 million in new spending in order to steer money to fighting the coronavirus. At the same time, Whitmer said she signed laws with $150 million for the state's response. She said it's too early to know how the economic slowdown related to the virus will affect state revenue but the impact "is going to be real.” (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)
Trump Allies Warn Against Feud With Michigan Governor
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Trump Admin DPA Use Should Be More Systematic Than Ad Hoc Reachouts To Underwear Firms
The administration needs to rapidly assemble an interagency team outside of the White House with the right experience, drawing on HHS for its health expertise, FEMA and the Department of Defense for their contracting expertise in exigencies, and other relevant departments and agencies.
Where Things Stand: 2020 On His Mind
This is your TPM mid-morning briefing.

While President Trump was moved on Sunday by the grim data experts showed him on death projections sans tight social distancing measures, there was another set of numbers that reportedly pushed Trump to abandon his Easter pipe dream.

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