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February 4, 2019

2-4-2019 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump said he plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq to “watch Iran,” a move that would commit American troops to the region amid withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan. According to two U.S. officials, senior American military officials have recently visited Iraqi bases to determine if they could base small teams of special forces to strike the Islamic State group in Syria, as well as to continue airstrikes and resupplying of allied Kurdish fighters. (The New York Times)
  • Trump is expected to promise an end to the HIV epidemic in America during his State of the Union address tomorrow night, according to sources. His 10-year strategy, championed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, would target communities across roughly 20 states with the most HIV infections. (Politico)
  • Trump’s re-election campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to try to prevent a 2020 primary challenge, including taking steps to change state party rules. Recent primary challenges against incumbent presidents have not been successful, but the Trump campaign is looking to prevent a repeat of problems at conventions that highlighted the weaknesses of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter in their unsuccessful re-election bids. (The Associated Press)
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