Trump Advisers Concerned About 2018 Midterms

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Trump administration officials are privately worried about the midterm elections.

Some of President Donald Trump's advisers have recently been warning him that the political environment is deteriorating, Politico reports. 

In addition to the president's historically low approval rating, the potential for Democratic Party success in the midterm elections has grown after recent Republican losses in Virginia, New Jersey, and Alabama.

Republican Roy Moore's loss in Alabama's special Senate election, in particular, does not bode well.

Prior to that election, Republican National Committee leader Ronna Romney McDaniel sent a memo to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly warning that the party was in trouble with female voters.

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In addition to noting the president's poor approval numbers among women nationally and in several states, she said that Donald Trump's endorsement of Moore, who was under a cloud of child molestation accusations, would further damage the party's standing with women. 

First daughter Ivanka Trump also expressed concern about Moore and the accusations against him. "I've yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts," she told The Associated Press. However, she stopped short of calling for him to drop out of the race, and if she advised the president against supporting Moore, the advice was ignored.

On Dec. 20, the president discussed the situation in a meeting with Kelly, political director Bill Stepien, communications director Hope Hicks, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and former digital director Brad Parscale.

There is concern among major Republican leaders as well.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed concern that Republicans would lose both the House and the Senate, and House Speaker Paul Ryan has warned that numerous swing district Republican lawmakers could retire rather than seek reelection.

"In a year like this, you better not take anything for granted," said Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, who is one of those retiring lawmakers. "I think most members know this is going to be a really tough challenge this cycle. If the president is going to be campaigning, he needs to be very discreet and selective about where he goes."

Scott Jennings, a former top political adviser in the George W. Bush White House, summed it up.

"There are 10 months to improve the fundamentals here, and the Senate map is, on paper, good," he said. "But maps don't make majorities and I think there's a realization that there's at least a 50 percent chance one or both chambers could fall. In less than one year, this first term could be, for all intents and purposes, over if the Democrats take control of either chamber."

Sources: Politico, AP / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: iBankCoin.com via Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Government via Wikimedia Commons

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