Jun 19, 2019

Why Trump chose Orlando for his re-election launch

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There are two big reasons President Trump's campaign chose Orlando, Fla., for last night's official re-election launch, a source tells Axios: the optics of a huge spillover crowd and, more importantly, a boon for the campaign's digital operation.

The big picture: The Trump campaign has been vacuuming up an extraordinary amount of voter data at its rallies.

  • When you register for a ticket, you hand over basic info. Then when you show up and get your ticket scanned, you tell the campaign more about your intensity and propensity to show up and vote.
  • The source said the campaign is trying to vacuum up as much Florida voter information as early as possible, so that key state can be squared away. These rallies have huge value for Trump's ongoing fundraising โ€” and ultimately for the campaign's get out the vote operation.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee in hot water after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trumpโ€™s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevadaโ€™s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that โ€œwhat we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."

Exclusive: Pompeo says new China media restrictions "long overdue"

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The State Department announced Tuesday that it has designated five Chinese state media outlets as "foreign missions," meaning that they will be treated as arms of the Chinese government.

Driving the news: In his first public statement on the new designation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells Axios that the five outlets are "clearly controlled by the [Chinese Communist Party], and we are simply recognizing that fact by taking this action.โ€

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