President Donald Trump has summoned top political advisers including his re-election campaign manager, Brad Parscale, for a White House meeting as his political standing erodes in key battleground states, according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, who is the de facto leader of his re-election effort, will also participate, the people said, as will Deputy Campaign Manager Bill Stepien and Trump’s top pollster, Tony Fabrizio.
One of the people said it’s expected to be a tense meeting, describing internal polls that show Trump performing poorly in politically competitive states across the country. The people asked not to be identified because the meeting isn’t on Trump’s public schedule for the day.
Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows is also in the meeting, another person said.
A Fox News poll released Wednesday showed Trump’s presumptive re-election opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, leading the president by 8 points nationally, 48 to 40. Biden holds leads in three states Trump won in 2016, according to the poll: Wisconsin, Ohio and Arizona.
The same survey showed the two men tied at 42 percent just last month.
A Monmouth University poll showed Biden up by a full 11 percentage points nationally, 52 to 41. And a new Quinnipiac University poll shows the race essentially tied in Texas, a reliably Republican state Trump cannot afford to lose.
— With assistance by Magan Crane
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