Trump told aides to deny internal polling showed him trailing Biden
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE told aides to deny that his internal polling showed him trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in key states, according to a new report from The New York Times.
Later, when the polling in 17 states conducted by Tony Fabrizio leaked, Trump told aides to tell reporters that other data showed him doing better, according to the Times story written by Annie Karni and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the protests The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from weekend protests across the US The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US MORE.
The polling reportedly showed Trump behind Biden in a number of the states he needs to take to win reelection, though the Times report did not identify them.
“No one has ever asked us to lie about anything,” a Trump campaign official told The Hill in a statement on Tuesday. “The poll in question shows President Trump beating a defined Democrat opponent.”
Beyond Trump’s internal polling, a series of recent surveys have shown the president trailing Biden in several important states.
Last week, a Quinnipiac University poll found Biden 4 points ahead of Trump in Texas, a state Democrats haven’t won in the presidential election since 1976.
A different poll released last week found Trump trailing Biden and several other 2020 Democrats in Michigan, a state he narrowly won in 2016.
Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Michigan and Pennsylvania since 1988. He also won Wisconsin, the first time a Republican had taken that state since 1984.
If Trump were to lose those three states in 2020 and the Democratic nominee held the other states carried by Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016, Trump would lose the Electoral College.
Trump has been focused on Biden, who has been the front-runner in the Democratic campaign so far. He and Biden will both be campaigning on Tuesday in Iowa, which will host the first caucuses early next year.
–This report was updated at 11:25 a.m.
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