President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE lashed out at his campaign manager during a meeting on Friday over poll numbers that showed him trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
Trump shouted through the phone at campaign manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE while the president was huddled with advisers during a meeting last week, three people familiar with the matter told CNN. The New York Times later reported on the same exchange, citing people familiar with the situation.
Trump berated Parscale over the poll numbers and even threatened to sue him at one point, CNN reported, noting that it's not clear how serious the president's threat was.
People briefed on the call told the Times that Parscale replied, “I love you, too.”
Spokespeople for the White House and Trump campaign were not immediately available for comment.
Two sources told CNN that Trump and Parscale patched things up later Friday night.
Two days before Trump lashed out at Parscale, the president had been briefed by his campaign manager and several top political advisers on internal campaign and Republican National Committee (RNC) data that showed him heading for a loss in key 2020 battleground states, CNN reported.
Parscale, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielBiden says infrastructure bills must pass at 'inflection point' for US GOP opens Hispanic community center in border town as part of Latino outreach Biden hasn't visited the border in over a decade — his policies show it MORE and other advisers urged Trump to scale back his daily news conferences, pointing to data showing that the often combative briefings were hurting Trump with swing voters in those states, according to CNN.
Trump complained to aides that his restricted travel has hurt his numbers, not the briefings, CNN reported.
Trump and Biden, as well as other political candidates, have had to shift their campaigns to focus on virtual events amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has limited large social gatherings.
Several recent polls in swing states found Biden leading Trump. A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month found Biden with an 8-point lead over Trump in Florida, and a Fox News poll released last week found Biden with an 8-point lead over Trump in Michigan.