5. Trump and Pence on the move
The Tulsa rally didn’t go according to plan, and there are no official in-person events on the campaign’s calendar this week. But President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are still getting out of Washington.
Bonus: Trump gets his fireworks
4. Russia is back
US intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence offered the bounties amid peace talks. Trump was briefed on the intelligence findings and the White House’s National Security Council held a meeting about it in late March, according to the Times, citing officials briefed on the matter.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that Congress is seeking a report on the situation and that the “Gang of Eight” top intelligence lawmakers on Capitol Hill were not briefed about it.
3. Coronavirus is still here
With rising coronavirus cases in nearly every state, the pandemic’s grip is tightening. And without a vaccine, the nation’s resources to combat it is limited to two tried-and-true things: Mask-wearing and social distancing.
“He hasn’t done any of what needs to be done,” Biden said during a Saturday night virtual fundraiser. “And now he’s sending even more people back to work without a plan to safely reopen, hanging the open sign in the economy, crossing his fingers and telling his staff to slow down testing.”
Trump and Pence have consistently punted mask regulations to cities and states, rather than issue a federal mandate. On Sunday in Texas, Pence encouraged Americans to wear masks, but again deferred to local ordinances on mask requirements.
2. Another health care election?
President Trump’s administration is forging ahead with its efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — a move that would take away health care for Americans in the middle of a pandemic.
As a result, health care is again proving to be a central fight of the presidential race. Priorities USA Action, a major Democratic super PAC supporting Biden, is already airing a television ad in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan arguing that Trump is “failing on health care” by highlighting both the impact of the pandemic and the administration’s effort to nullify the ACA.
1. Things look really bad right now for Trump
Biden is leading nationally and essentially every swing state that matters.
And consider the backdrop: The economy is down, the pandemic is raging, many Americans are being confronted by just how insidious and deep the racism that exists in this country truly is.