Two top advisers to President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE’s 2016 campaign warned him about his shaky standing in several key battlegrounds in the 2020 race, provoking the White House to fly in state directors from Arizona and Florida to give updates, according to a new report.
Politico reports that Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiBiden White House moves to oust Trump appointees from advisory boards Trump budget chief refuses to resign from Naval Academy board Trump super PAC promoting Susan Wright ahead of Texas House runoff MORE, and 2016 deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, went to the White House last week and informed Trump that he’s trailing in several key swing states that could determine the outcome of the November election.
Neither Lewandowski nor Bossie are involved with the president's 2020 campaign, but Trump is known to consult with them on occasion about the political terrain.
Following their meeting with Trump, the campaign’s state directors for Arizona and Florida were reportedly called in to the White House to discuss the state of play.
Arizona has not gone for the Democratic presidential nominee since 1996. Polls show presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE with a small but consistent lead there over the past few months.
Florida is a perennial battleground state that looks like a toss-up, although polls show Trump is underperforming with key groups, such as older voters, that could tip the balance to the former vice president.
The conversation between Trump and his former advisers also reportedly focused on GOP senators struggling in their reelection efforts in traditionally red states, provoking Trump to call in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE (R-Ky.).
Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up GOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster MORE (R-Ariz.) trails Democrat Mark Kelly badly in Arizona. She is running well behind Trump in the state.
And Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWarnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid Trump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) has an uphill climb to win the crowded jungle primary in Georgia, where she faces challenges from Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R-Ga.), a Trump ally, and two Democrats.