RNC will defend GOP nominees – even ones Trump trashes
Katie Glueck, McClatchy DC
Donald Trump has described one of his own party’s most vulnerable incumbent senators as “weak on crime” and “toxic.” The Republican National Committee’s chairwoman has warned that Republicans who oppose Trump offer a “cautionary tale.”
Trump distances himself from GOP lawmakers to avoid blame if agenda stalls
Philip Rucker et al., The Washington Post
President Trump is strategically separating himself from Republicans in Congress, an extraordinary move to deflect blame if the GOP agenda continues to flounder. Trump deepened the fissures in the party on Thursday when he accused the top two leaders on Capitol Hill of mismanaging a looming showdown over the nation’s borrowing authority.
Trump seriously considering ending DACA
Jonathan Swan, Axios
President Trump is seriously considering ending DACA, the Obama-era policy that shields some illegal immigrants from deportation, before conservative state attorneys general file a court challenge to the program. Sources familiar with the deliberations tell Axios that Trump has made no final decision, and the White House continues to receive advice from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.
Schumer: After Charlottesville, end Trump’s voter fraud commission
Elana Schor, Politico
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday pressed President Donald Trump to shutter the commission investigating Trump’s unfounded theories of massive voter fraud in the 2016 election, linking voter disenfranchisement to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. If Trump does not dismantle the Election Integrity Commission – which has sparked controversy as state officials in both parties refuse to hand over voter information to the administration – Schumer urged Congress to “prohibit its operation through one of the must-pass legislative vehicles” that are set to get considered next month.