Categories for Campaign

28,484. 9/18/2019

CAMPAIGN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Jim_Jordan: [email protected]_ worked with the Trump campaign for nearly 2 years. He testified they did not collude or coordinate with Rus…”

Donald Trump,, September 18, 2019 6:32 am

26,840. 7/23/2019

CAMPAIGN/CRIME/LEGAL/LOBBYING/MICHAEL FLYNN/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A federal jury on Tuesday [7-22-19] convicted Bijan Rafiekian, a former business partner of Michael Flynn, on a pair of foreign-agent felony charges stemming from work the two men did for Turkish interests during the final months of the Trump presidential campaign in 2016. The verdicts, returned by jurors in Alexandria, Va., after a weeklong trial and only about four hours of deliberation, amount to a belated courtroom victory for special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated the $600,000 lobbying and public relations contract at the heart of the case and then handed the matter off to other federal prosecutors after Flynn’s guilty plea to a false-statement charge in 2017. Rafiekian, 67, faces up to 15 years in prison on the two felony counts against him: acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the U.S., and conspiracy to violate that law as well as to submit false statements to the Justice Department in a foreign-agent filing. Defendants are typically sentenced in accord with federal sentencing guidelines that result in far less than the maximum.”

Josh Gerstein, “Trump transition adviser convicted on foreign-agent charges,” Politico, July 23, 2019 6:11 pm

26,516. 7/12/2019

CAMPAIGN/PENNSYLVANIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We have a GREAT TEAM in Pennsylvania! I’m proud to say that our good friends Lawrence Tabas & Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Comfort will now be working together to run the @PAGOP. Lawrence will be Chairman & Bernie will Chair my Pennsylvania Campaign. We must have, & do, great UNITY in PA!”

-Donald Trump,, July 12, 2019 11:21 am

26,353. 7/8/2019

CAMPAIGN/ENVIRONMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Reviewing new polling data, consultants working for President Trump’s 2020 campaign discovered an unsurprising obstacle to winning support from two key demographic groups, millennials and suburban women. And that was his record on the environment. But they also saw an opportunity. While the numbers showed that Mr. Trump was ‘never going to get’ the type of voter who feels passionately about tackling climate change, a senior administration official who reviewed the polling said, there were moderate voters who liked the president’s economic policies and ‘just want to know that he’s being responsible’ on environmental issues. So for nearly an hour in the East Room on Monday [7-8-19] afternoon, Mr. Trump sought to recast his administration’s record by describing what he called ‘America’s environmental leadership’ under his command…Experts watching the speech said many of the president’s claims were not based in fact. Those achievements that were real, they said, were the result of actions taken by his predecessors.”

Katie Rogers and Coral Davenport, “Trump Saw Opportunity in Speech on Environment. Critics Saw a ‘“1984” Moment.’,” The New York Times online, July 8, 2019

26,233. 7/3/2019

CAMPAIGN/ELECTION/GOP/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The National Rifle Association aired an avalanche of TV ads and pushed its 5 million-plus members to the polls for Donald Trump in 2016, propelling him in the Rust Belt states that delivered him the presidency. Now, the gun rights group is in total meltdown — and senior Republicans and Trump 2020 officials are alarmed. In recent weeks, the NRA has seen everything from a failed coup attempt to the departure of its longtime political architect to embarrassing tales of self-dealing by top leaders. The turmoil is fueling fears that the organization will be profoundly diminished heading into the election, leaving the Republican Party with a gaping hole in its political machinery. With the Chamber of Commerce and Koch political network withdrawing from their once-dominant roles in electing conservatives, Republicans worry that three organizations that have long formed the core of their electoral infrastructure will be effectively on the sidelines. The predicament has so troubled some Republicans that they are calling on the famously secretive NRA to address its 2020 plans.”

Alex Isenstadt, “NRA meltdown has Trump campaign sweating,” Politico, July 3, 2019 10:12 am

26,181. 7/1/2019

CAMPAIGN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am excited to announce that @MercedesSchlapp will soon be joining our Campaign. She feels so strongly about our Country & its future. We are setting records in so many ways, & we will keep it going. Mercedes has done a fantastic job within the Administration & I am so thankful!”

-Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 5:15 pm

26,171. 7/1/2019

CAMPAIGN/ELECTION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, announced on Monday [7-1-19] that she would leave her West Wing post to join President Trump’s re-election campaign, the latest move in a shuffle of the White House press shop. Ms. Schlapp said in an interview that she had discussed her departure with Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, for weeks. It had been widely expected since Stephanie Grisham was appointed the new press secretary and communications director last week, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. After some discussion of keeping Ms. Schlapp in the administration but moving her out of the White House and to an agency, those talks fell apart…Ms. Schlapp’s departure comes as Ms. Grisham is likely to make a number of changes in a press operation that has consistently stymied Mr. Trump. The president has often complained to people that despite the large number of employees in his press and communications office, he continues to generate what he views as terrible coverage.”

Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, “Mercedes Schlapp Leaving White House Press Office to Join Trump Campaign,” The New York Times online, July 1, 2019

26,024. 6/26/2019

CAMPAIGN/DEMS/ELECTION/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As Democrats spar on the debate stage this week, the president’s campaign will be unleashing dozens of Donald Trump backers on the airwaves in 2020 swing states, blasting out any embarrassing moments on social media and dispatching talking points to ensure everyone stays on message. It’s all part of a robust response Team Trump has rapidly pulled together in recent weeks for the Democrats’ first presidential primary debate, which will stretch over Wednesday [6-26-19] and Thursday [6-27-19] nights. The strategy includes traditional elements — a rapid-response squad to field reporters’ questions, round-the-clock talking points and a ground force on site in Miami, where the debate is being held — but also a digitally focused war room looking for viral clips. Outside groups that support the president have also built up their own fact-checking resources and made large pre-debate ad buys, hoping to capitalize on the massive cable news audience the two-night primetime event is expected to attract.”

Gabby Orr, “Team Trump plans debate night offensive,” Politico, June 26, 2019 5:04 am

25,928. 6/21/2019

CAMPAIGN/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “When Naples, Fla., resident Joseph Fogg III, a longtime GOP fundraiser, arrived last month at the Trump International Hotel in Washington for a donor conference benefiting the president’s reelection campaign, he was asked by the organizers to place his phone inside a lockable pouch. Only after leaving the hotel’s Presidential Ballroom, where top Trump surrogates and Vice President Mike Pence privately addressed well-connected GOP donors, could Fogg retrieve his phone from the Yondr — a magnetic device familiar to high school students who’ve grown accustomed to placing their phones inside before class, but surprising to some of the president’s richest supporters — by tapping it on an unlocking base controlled by the fundraiser’s organizers…Both the Trump campaign and America First began using the pouches at donor gatherings in recent months to prevent attendees from documenting sensitive strategies that are often discussed, and to cultivate an environment where Trump and his aides feel they can speak candidly.”

Gabby Orr, “Trump’s reelection campaign is on a crusade against leaks,” Politico, June 21, 2019 1:45 pm

25,857. 6/19/2019

CAMPAIGN/ELECTION/RALLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s campaign announced Wednesday [6-19-19] that he had raised $24.8 million over 24 hours as he kicked off his re-election bid, an enormous haul that punctuates the financial advantage he is expected to enjoy over his Democratic challengers in 2020. Mr. Trump’s one-day total was more than any Democratic presidential candidate raised in the entire first quarter of 2019, though it included money that went to joint fund-raising operations with the Republican National Committee. It came as he held a huge rally in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday [6-18-19] night, telling throngs of cheering supporters that his new campaign slogan would be ‘Keep America Great.’ Democratic strategists have fretted for months that Mr. Trump will spend 2019 building up a large war chest while the 23 Democrats running for president raise far smaller sums and then use that money to bludgeon one another in the primary campaign. Mr. Trump had already raised nearly $100 million for his re-election effort by the end of March, and had more than $40 million still on hand at that time.”

Shane Goldmacher, “$24.8 Million Raised in 24 Hours: Trump Adds to His Financial Advantage,” The New York Times online, June 19, 2019

25,825. 6/17/2019

CAMPAIGN/ELECTION/POLLS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Trump prepares to officially kick off his re-election campaign in Orlando Tuesday night, his numbers are, as he is fond of saying, ‘not good, folks.’ In a new poll of ruby red Texas, less than 40 percent of voters say they would ‘definitely’ re-elect Mr. Trump. Numbers released over the weekend by the president’s favorite media outlet, Fox News, show him trailing Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democrats. His internal numbers may be even worse, putting him behind Mr. Biden by double digits in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. In response, Mr. Trump fired some of his pollsters…It’s reasonable that a politician whose seminal political experience was defying the polls might not fully trust their results. But regardless of what Mr. Trump believes, it’s clear his team is preparing for a very different contest from the one he seems to see. While the president’s efforts may look and sound the same as last time — massive prime-time rallies, nicknaming his opponents, controlling the conversation by tweet — a peek behind the curtain reveals a far more conventional kind of campaign.”

Lisa Lerer, “Trump’s Conventional Campaign,” The New York Times online, June 17, 2019

25,736. 6/14/2019

CAMPAIGN/FBI/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Friday [6-14-19] appeared to backtrack somewhat on accepting campaign help from Russia or other foreign governments without necessarily telling the F.B.I., saying that he would certainly inform law enforcement authorities if he were approached. Under fire for saying earlier in the week that ‘I’d take it’ and scoffing at the notion that he should call authorities, Mr. Trump shifted by saying that while he would still look at incriminating information provided by a hostile foreign power about an election opponent he would ‘absolutely’ report such an encounter…He shot back angrily, however, at Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said on Thursday [6-13-19] that the president’s willingness to take foreign help to win an election demonstrated ‘that he does not know right from wrong’ and that ‘he’s been involved in a criminal cover-up’…The president also pushed back against criticism on another front, rejecting a recommendation by an independent agency that he fire his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, for violating federal law governing partisan politics in government.”

Peter Baker, “Under Fire, Trump Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Report Foreign Campaign Help,” The New York Times online, June 14, 2019 

25,685. 6/13/2019

CAMPAIGN/DEMS/HILLARY CLINTON/SPYGATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….and other really bad people, SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN! They even had an ‘insurance policy’ just in case Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats lost their race for the Presidency! This is the biggest & worst political scandal in the history of the United States of America. Sad!”

Donald Trump,, June 13, 2019 8:37 am

25,249. 5/23/2019

CAMPAIGN/DEMS/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump dropped the pretense of working with congressional Democrats on Wednesday [5-22-19] and sent a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather than advancing a robust domestic policy agenda. Both sides may have feigned surprise at Trump’s angry outburst, in which he said he won’t work with Democrats until they drop their probes of his administration. But they were on a collision course long before Wednesday’s confrontation in the Cabinet Room. Trump has been betting the future of his presidency on trying to goad Democrats into impeaching him, and the three-minute meeting marked a new low in the slow-moving drama over executive powers, congressional oversight and the critical needs of the nation. Trump’s declaration that he would end any attempt at bipartisan cooperation until Democrats drop their probes of his administration was eagerly retold by representatives of both parties. The two sides echoed long drawn rhetorical battle lines in the hours that followed. But the roots of the disagreement trace back more than six months, to when White House aides strategized over how handle to an anticipated Democratic takeover of the House.”

-The Associated Press, “Trump’s Campaign Centered on Fighting Democrats, Not Policy,” The New York Times online, May 23, 2019

24,708. 5/7/2019

CAMPAIGN/FBI/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday [5-7-19] that if any 2020 presidential campaign is contacted by a foreign agent, it’s ‘something the FBI would want to know about.’ But would President Donald Trump’s campaign alert the feds if approached by a potential election meddler? It won’t say. The Trump campaign did not respond to numerous inquiries about whether it has implemented a policy about foreign interference — including the use of information stolen or hacked by a foreign power and whether aides must formally report outreach from foreigners. Several Democratic campaigns, by contrast, have announced policies on the subject. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report documented ‘numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign,’” and argued that Trump’s campaign ‘expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.’ But Mueller found no criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin, and Trump allies insist there was nothing unlawful about soliciting or making use of information provided by a hostile nation.”

Eliana Johnson, “Trump campaign refuses to say whether it has a policy on foreign agents,” Politico, May 7, 2019 9:27 pm

24,455. 4/30/2019

CAMPAIGN/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Three watchdog groups on Tuesday [4-30-19] urged federal campaign regulators to pursue civil penalties against President Donald Trump’s campaign, saying special counsel Robert Mueller’s team had created a ‘roadmap’ for action. Mueller’s team did not charge Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign aides with breaking any laws by participating in a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after an email exchange between Trump Jr. and a publicist about potential dirt on Hillary Clinton. The special counsel’s redacted report, released earlier this month, did not find that Trump Jr. and other aides had ‘willfully’ violated a federal law that bars candidates from soliciting and receiving money or in-kind services from foreign interests. The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and Democracy 21 on Tuesday filed a supplement to an earlier complaint the groups filed in July 2017, asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate the meeting for a possible violation of campaign finance law. Civil penalties under that law, they said, did not require regulators to prove ‘willful’ violations.”

Fredreka Schouten, “Watchdogs say Mueller report offers ‘roadmap’ for civil penalties against Trump campaign,” CNN Politics,, April 30, 2019 7:59 pm

24,058. 4/17/2019

CAMPAIGN/POLLS/SPYGATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nearly 4 in 10 voters believe Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was spied on during the 2016 election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they believe the Trump campaign was spied on, compared with 28 percent who said they don’t believe the president’s campaign was spied on. More than a third, 35 percent, said they don’t know or have no opinion about it. The spying allegations — revived last week by Attorney General William Barr, who told lawmakers he thought ‘spying did occur’ on the president’s 2016 campaign — are largely viewed through a partisan lens. More than half of Republicans surveyed, 57 percent, said they believe the Trump campaign was spied on, while less than a quarter of Democrats, 24 percent, agreed. While there’s no evidence that officials spied on the Trump campaign, the attorney general’s comments still made it into a majority of voters’ news consumption. More than a quarter, 26 percent, said they have seen, heard or read ‘a lot’ about Barr’s spying claim, and 32 percent said they have seen, heard or read ‘some.’ One-fifth of respondents said they hadn’t seen, heard or read much about the comments, and 21 percent were fully in the dark, saying they hadn’t seen, heard or read anything ‘at all’ about it.”

Nolan D. McCaskill, “Poll: Nearly 4 in 10 voters believe Trump’s campaign was spied on,” Politico, April 17, 2019 5:41 am

21,915. 1/16/2019

2016 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN/RUDY GIULIANI/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday [1-16-19] that he never denied President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign, only that the President himself was not involved in collusion. In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on ‘Cuomo Prime Time,’ Giuliani, a former New York mayor and Trump’s attorney, said he doesn’t know if other people in the campaign, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, were working with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential race…It’s another remarkable statement from Giuliani, given that the President and his supporters have repeatedly denied any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. A person familiar with the matter told CNN last week that Manafort, while serving as Trump’s campaign chairman, tried to send internal polling data from the Trump campaign with two Kremlin-supporting Ukrainian oligarchs through his associate Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian national who is linked to Russian intelligence.”

Caroline Kelly, “Rudy Giuliani says Trump didn’t collude with Russia but can’t say if campaign aides did,” CNN Politics,, January 16, 2019 10:52 am

21,060. 12/7/2018

CAMPAIGN/ECONOMY/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s economic officials are reassuring investors about recent white-knuckle stock market volatility, while Trump’s political advisers are increasingly alarmed that the economy could present a stiff 2020 campaign headwind. Many of Trump’s political allies acknowledge that his reelection prospects hinge in large part on how Americans judge their economic prospects at the time of the next election. And many independent analysts say that recent market turbulence is a warning sign that the U.S. economy will likely slow and maybe even tip into recession by 2020. At the moment, that scenario could be the biggest threat to Trump’s chances at winning a second term, according to interviews with eight current and former senior administration officials and close White House advisers. The president knows this better than anyone, since he is highly attuned to fluctuations in the stock market and views it as a form of polling. At times, Trump has bragged about the market’s performance on a near-daily basis. A real estate mogul who has borrowed heavily, Trump is equally obsessed with interest rates, and has closely monitored the run-up to a mid-December Federal Reserve meeting in which central bankers are expected to raise rates.”

Nancy Cook, “Trump advisers fear 2020 nightmare: A recession,” Politico, December 7, 2018 8:40 am

21,043. 12/6/2018

CAMPAIGN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s reelection aides have decided on a campaign structure with three main offices split between New York City and the Washington area. The campaign will again be headquartered at Trump Tower, according to two senior advisers to the president. But this time, the campaign will have a pair of satellite offices — one at the Republican National Committee’s building on Capitol Hill and another in nearby Rosslyn, Virginia. RNC staffers and Trump campaign staffers will share office space at the Capitol Hill and Rosslyn locations. The plan, which was designed by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, is aimed at developing a streamlined campaign operation. It’s also geared toward fostering collaboration between aides to Trump and the RNC and avoiding the infighting between the two sides that occurred in 2016. After Trump secured the GOP nomination that year, his team sometimes clashed with the national party committee over the direction of the campaign.”

Alex Isenstadt, “Trump to split reelection campaign between New York and D.C.,” Politico, December 6, 2018 6:27 pm

20,731. 11/26/2018

CAMPAIGN/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….hundreds of people closely involved with my campaign who never met, saw or spoke to a Russian during this period? So many campaign workers, people inside from the beginning, ask me why they have not been called (they want to be). There was NO Collusion & Mueller knows it!”

-Donald Trump,, November 26, 2018 9:44 am

20,208. 11/5/2018

CAMPAIGN/ELECTION/IMMIGRATION/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Monday [11-5-18] closed out an us-against-them midterm election campaign that was built on dark themes of fear, nationalism and racial animosity in an effort to salvage Republican control of Congress for the remaining two years of his term. Mr. Trump’s fiery, invective-filled campaigning produced what may be the most polarized midterm contest in modern times as he played to tribal rifts in American society in a way that no president has done since before the civil rights era. The divisions exposed and expanded over the past few weeks seem certain to last well beyond Election Day. On Tuesday, voters will choose a new House, decide one-third of the seats in the Senate and select new governors for battleground states that will be critical to the 2020 presidential campaign. On the line for the president will be his ability to legislate, build his promised border wall, appoint new judges and ultimately set the stage to run for a second term.”

Peter Baker, Michael D. Shear and Katie Rogers, “Trump Closes Out a Campaign Built on Fear, Anger and Division,” The New York Times online, November 5, 2018

20,096. 10/31/2018

2016 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN/INTELLIGENCE/SENATE/STEVE BANNON/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is pursuing a wide-ranging examination of former White House adviser Steve Bannon’s activities during the 2016 presidential campaign, three sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters. The committee is looking into what Bannon might know about any contacts during the campaign between Moscow and two advisers to the campaign, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, they said…Papadopoulos, a consultant, initially advised the presidential campaign of Republican hopeful Ben Carson before joining the Trump campaign. Page is also a consultant, who had business contacts in Russia. On Sept. 7, Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison. He had pleaded guilty last year to lying to FBI agents about the timing and significance of his contacts with Russians, including a professor who told him the Russians had ‘dirt’ on Trump’s Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton. No charges have been filed against Page.”

Mark Hosenball, “U.S. Senate panel examines former Trump aide Bannon’s campaign role: sources,” Reuters, October 31, 2018 12:55 pm

20,078. 10/31/2018

CAMPAIGN/DEMS/ELECTION/GOP/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “It used to take a fancy degree and political connections to become a presidential speechwriter. In the era of President Donald Trump, all you need is a tweet. On a Thursday morning earlier this month, a Twitter user in Georgia with 500 followers responded to a video of Trump touting the economy and denouncing Democrats by tweeting the hashtag ‘#JobsNotMobs.’ The next day, Scott Adams, the pro-Trump creator of the comic strip ‘Dilbert,’ who has nearly 300,000 followers, endorsed this catchy framing in a tweet of his own. The hashtag took off from there, as Trump supporters on Reddit turned it into a visual internet meme, with images of autoworkers set against leftist antifa protesters. Even former House Speaker and Trump confidant Newt Gingrich tweeted in praise of the concept, calling it ‘a nice, clean formula.’ Within a week, Trump had begun incorporating a variation of the concept — ‘Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs’ — into his stump speech, and his campaign began printing up signs to distribute at rallies with the slogan ‘Jobs vs. Mobs.’”

Ben Schreckinger, “How an internet meme became a Trump campaign slogan,” Politico, October 31, 2018 5:05 am

19,453. 10/8/2018

CAMPAIGN/INTELLIGENCE/ISRAEL/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A top Trump campaign official requested online manipulation proposals by an Israeli intelligence firm in 2016 to help defeat Hillary Clinton and Republican primary opponents, The New York Times reports. There is no evidence Trump’s campaign acted on any of the proposals by Psy-Group, a company staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, the Times reports, citing interviews and copies of the proposals the paper obtained. The campaign official, Rick Gates, was ultimately not interested in the company’s work, a person with knowledge of the discussions told the Times. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating Russian interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election, have obtained copies of the proposals and questioned Psy-Group employees, according to people familiar with those interviews, the Times reports. The Times reports that the Israeli company’s pitches appear unconnected to Moscow’s interference campaign. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, did meet with Donald Trump Jr. in August 2016, according to the Times.”

Kate Sullivan, “New York Times: Top Trump campaign official requested online manipulation plans from Israeli company,” CNN Politics,, October 8, 2018 10:17 pm