Trump told assistants to deny that internal polls showed him behind Biden

Trump told assistants to deny that internal polls showed him behind Biden
President Trump told advisers to deny that his internal poll showed him behind former Vice President Joe Biden in key states, according to a new report by The New York Times.

Later, when the survey was leaked in 17 states led by Tony Fabrizio, Trump told the advisors to tell reporters that other data showed he was improving, according to the Times story written by Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman.

According to reports, the poll showed Trump behind Biden in several of the states he needed to take to re-election, although the Times report did not identify them.

Beyond Trump's internal polls, a series of recent polls have shown the president behind Biden in several major states.

Last week, a Quinnipiac University poll found Biden 4 points ahead of Trump in Texas, a state that Democrats have not won in the presidential election since 1976.

A different poll published last week found that Trump was behind Biden and several other Democrats in 2020 in Michigan, a state that I narrowly won in 2016.

Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Michigan and Pennsylvania since 1988. He also won in Wisconsin, the first time a Republican took that state since 1984.

If Trump lost those three states in 2020 and the Democratic candidate held the other states held by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump would lose the Electoral College.

Trump has focused on Biden, who until now has been the favorite in the Democratic campaign. He and Biden will hold a campaign on Tuesday in Iowa, which will host the first caucuses next year.

The Hill has approached the Trump campaign for comments.