Philip Rucker

Philip Rucker

White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post | Political Analyst for MSNBC & NBC News |

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NEW —> White House signals defeat on pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence’s office My latest with @jdawsey1  + @amybwang 

The CIA took extraordinary security measures to protect the impeachment whistleblower after Trump launched his attacks, @gregpmiller ⁩ + @isaacstanbecker ⁩ report

VP Pence’s personal assistant (“body man”) is among those who has tested positive for COVID-19 — a @jdawsey1 ⁩ scoop

“Our current president, he whines that ‘60 Minutes’ is too tough. You think he’s gonna stand up to dictators? He thinks Lesley Stahl’s a bully” — Obama in Orlando.

20 Republican former US attorneys back Biden and say Trump threatens the rule of law, @thamburger ⁩ + @DevlinBarrett ⁩ report

It’s 4:30 a.m. in Las Vegas where Trump is currently

NEW —> Q&A with 'Anonymous': Miles Taylor on his secret, why he didn't resign and more My latest with @CarolLeonnig ⁩


U.S. intelligence agencies warned Trump more than a dozen times in the President’s Daily Brief during January and February, the period during which Trump dismissed the danger, @gregpmiller  & @nakashimae  report

The National Park Service is diverting $2.5 million, which is collected by entrance fees to pay for improvements at parks nationwide, to fund Trump's July 4 spectacle -- to which his political donors get VIP tickets, via @eilperin  @jdawsey1  & @DanLamothe 

Trump and advisers calculated that he shouldn’t speak to the nation because he had nothing to say, no tangible policy or action to announce, nor did he feel an urgent motivation to try to bring people together. So he let his tweets speak for themselves.

Trump’s message two weeks out, based on call with staff: -Dr. Fauci is a “disaster” who is a “bomb” every time he’s on TV -Other health officials are “idiots” -Americans no longer care about the pandemic and just think “whatever” -News reports are “fake”

David Perdue has served with Kamala Harris in the Senate for four years. He knows how to properly pronounce her name.

Trump campaign finance chair and top surrogate Kimberly Guilfoyle is accused of: -sexually harassing her assistant -offering hush money to cover it up -attempting character assassination to discredit assistant Extraordinary reporting by @JaneMayerNYer