The week that shook the Trump campaign

Trump had been scheduled to spend last weekend at his Bedminster golf course but at the last moment chose to remain in Washington. He spent part of his time fielding calls from worried confidants.

Aides said they detected a noticeable change in his mindset and a sudden alertness that he was losing. Trump spent four hours in campaign-related meetings Wednesday, when he was briefed on the campaign’s digital efforts as well as his standing in several battleground states. He also spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about congressional races…

There are also nuts-and-bolts questions about how Trump will campaign. Nearly two weeks after the Tulsa event, the campaign has yet to announce plans to proceed with rallies, a favorite venue for Trump. The coronavirus pandemic is limiting where he can hold rallies, and two people close to the campaign confirmed a report that an expected upcoming Alabama rally had been scrapped.

There are also complaints about personnel. Some Republicans said only a handful of aides have Trump’s ear, that it’s too hard to get competing views to the president and that he’s too tightly controlled by a small group of political aides. While the 2016 campaign was free-flowing, they argue, the 2020 version is far more rigid. Concerns have been raised to Trump that those outside his immediate circle of campaign aides are struggling to reach him.