The Trump campaign announced Tuesday that it promoted former White House political director Bill Stepien as its deputy campaign manager.

Why it matters: It's a sign the campaign is looking to strengthen its team with a key political veteran heading into the homestretch of the 2020 presidential election.

  • Stephanie Alexander, who had been regional political director for the campaign's fundraising committee, was also promoted to chief of staff.
  • Stepien has been a senior political adviser for the campaign since he left the White House in December 2018.
  • The additions will add "seasoned and steady people on our leadership team," campaign manager Bill Parscale said in a news release.

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Scoop: Trump's smoke-him-out strategy

Trump speaks at an event in Phoenix on Tuesday. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump's campaign, recognizing that he'll lose to himself if November's election is a referendum on him, is trying to flush Joe Biden into open combat by challenging him to more debates, taunting him as "Hidin' Biden," and posing a "Question of the day for Joe Biden."

Why it matters: Expect more of this. The Trump campaign is getting very frustrated that Biden is keeping a low profile and letting Trump give himself uppercuts every day.

Trump and Biden begin the battle for Arizona

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Two striking symbols — the border wall and America's first Black president — did the campaigning yesterday for presidential candidates trying to turn out bases that are worlds apart.

The state of play: Arizona, a state that President Trump won handily in 2016 but where polls now show Joe Biden leading, was firmly on both men's minds.

Updated Jun 23, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Obama at Biden fundraiser: "I am here to say help is on the way"

Screenshot: Biden campaign virtual fundraiser

Former President Barack Obama said at a virtual fundraiser for Joe Biden Tuesday night that “help is on the way” and urged supporters not to be complacent in thinking their work is close to being finished: "Whatever you’ve done so far is not enough."

Why it matters: Organizers said it's the Biden campaign's largest fundraiser yet, bringing in $7.6 million from over 175,000 people. It's expected to be the first of several joint efforts with Biden in the months leading up to the election.