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Biden’s ex-chief of staff: donors ‘don’t get to decide to oust’ president

Ronald Klain, Joe Biden’s former chief of staff, has pushed back against Democratic donors over reports that they are strategizing ways to pressure Biden into withdrawing his re-election bid.

In a post on X that featured the New York Times headline “Major Democratic donors devise plans to pressure Biden to step aside”, Klain wrote:

We are the Democratic party! These … people don’t get to decide to oust a pro-labor pro-people president.

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Ronald Klain, Joe Biden’s former chief of staff, has pushed back against Democratic donors over reports that they are strategizing ways to pressure Biden into withdrawing his re-election bid.

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In a post on X that featured the New York Times headline “Major Democratic donors devise plans to pressure Biden to step aside”, Klain wrote:

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We are the Democratic party! These … people don’t get to decide to oust a pro-labor pro-people president.

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CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, has written an op-ed in which he called for Joe Biden to “undergo detailed cognitive and neurological testing and share his results.”

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He went on to write:

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“For me as a brain specialist, it was concerning to watch President Joe Biden, and it quickly became clear that I was not alone in my reaction. Over the past week, I received more than a dozen calls, texts and emails from medical colleagues who, like me, specialize in the brain. It wasn’t that what we noticed was necessarily new but that it was particularly pronounced, and right from the start of the debate.

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From a neurological standpoint, we were concerned with his confused rambling; sudden loss of concentration in the middle of a sentence; halting speech and absence of facial animation, resulting at times in a flat, open-mouthed expression. To be clear, these are only observations, not in any way diagnostic of something deeper, and none of these doctors wished to suggest that was the case.

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The consensus from the doctors reaching out to me, however, was that the president should be encouraged to undergo detailed cognitive and movement disorder testing, and those results should be made available to the public …

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The country is watching now, and that assessment gives cause for concern – and a need for transparent testing.”

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Good morning,

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Make-or-break days are ahead of Joe Biden as the president prepares for a crucial interview and several campaign events in swing states.

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Following the political fallout of Biden’s lackluster performance during last week’s presidential debate, the president and his team have been scrambling with damage control as major Democrat backers pause their donations. Meanwhile, at least two sitting House Democrats have publicly called on Biden to withdraw his re-election bid.

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In what will be seen as a crucial test of Biden’s competency, the president is expected to sit for his first televised interview on Friday following last week’s debate with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. ABC said the interview will “air in its entirety as a primetime special” at 8pm ET.

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Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign team on Friday announced that the president will engage with an “aggressive travel schedule” this month that will span multiple swing states, CNN reports. His campaign team added that Biden “can also be expected to engage in frequent off-the-cuff moments over the course of the month, as he has consistently throughout this campaign”.

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Here are other developments in US politics:

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  • Biden is set to return to Madison, Wisconsin, for a campaign rally this afternoon.

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  • Donald Trump has challenged Biden to a “no holds barred” debate following a moderated debate last week by CNN which saw the speakers’ mics muted when they were not speaking.

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  • Arizona’s former Republican governor Jan Brewer has condemned election denialism amid Republican politics in a new Guardian interview.

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Joe Biden has had another slip-up in which he accidentally said that he is the “first Black woman” to serve as vice-president “with a Black president”.

During an interview on Thursday with Philadelphia’s WURD radio station, Biden defended his competency following his poor debate performance last week.

In the conversation, Biden at one point said, “By the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice-president, first black woman, to serve with a black president,” referring to his vice-president, Kamala Harris, and former president Barack Obama.

He added, “I had a bad debate … But 90 minutes on stage does not erase what I have done in three and a half years.”

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Updated at 16.36 BST

Joe Biden’s staff are “miserable”, according to a White House official who spoke to Axios.

“Senior advisers are a total black hole … Even if you’re trying to focus on work, nothing is going to break through or get any acknowledgment” from bosses, the official went to add.

The reported comments come amid the political fallout faced by Biden and his campaign team following a disappointing debate performance last week which sent Democrats scrambling.

Speaking to Axios, a high-ranking Democratic National Committee official said: “The only thing that can really allay concerns is for the president to demonstrate that he’s capable of running this campaign.”

The official went on to add: “Everything else feels like Weekend at Bernie’s by his inner circle to prop him up.”

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Updated at 16.12 BST

Sanjay Gupta: Biden should ‘undergo detailed cognitive and neurological testing’

CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, has written an op-ed in which he called for Joe Biden to “undergo detailed cognitive and neurological testing and share his results.”

He went on to write:

“For me as a brain specialist, it was concerning to watch President Joe Biden, and it quickly became clear that I was not alone in my reaction. Over the past week, I received more than a dozen calls, texts and emails from medical colleagues who, like me, specialize in the brain. It wasn’t that what we noticed was necessarily new but that it was particularly pronounced, and right from the start of the debate.

From a neurological standpoint, we were concerned with his confused rambling; sudden loss of concentration in the middle of a sentence; halting speech and absence of facial animation, resulting at times in a flat, open-mouthed expression. To be clear, these are only observations, not in any way diagnostic of something deeper, and none of these doctors wished to suggest that was the case.

The consensus from the doctors reaching out to me, however, was that the president should be encouraged to undergo detailed cognitive and movement disorder testing, and those results should be made available to the public …

The country is watching now, and that assessment gives cause for concern – and a need for transparent testing.”

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Updated at 15.39 BST

In a fiery post on Truth Social, Donald Trump attacked ABC host George Stephanopoulos ahead of his interview with Joe Biden on Friday, saying:

The meanest and most vicious Interviewer out there is George Slopadopoulos of FAKE NEWS ABC, one of the worst and most vile Broadcasters in the business – In fact, the home of disgraced ‘reporter’ Brian Ross whose reporting on the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax was so outlandish that ABC, after defending him at levels not seen before, was forced to put him, and their reputation, out to pasture.

Now ABC, and Liddle’ George, a tiny, angry man, can make up for their past indiscretions and journalistic failures by doing a real interview with Crooked Joe, not a cut up promotion with only his few coherent answers released to the public.

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Updated at 15.09 BST

Joe Biden has released a campaign video on X in which he condemned the supreme court’s decision on Donald Trump’s immunity case.

Accompanying the video – which featured a montage of January 6 insurrection videos and clips of Trump’s speeches, Biden wrote:

Donald Trump attempted to overthrow an election, wants to be a dictator on day one, and has promised revenge and retribution if he wins – and the supreme court he appointed just gave him virtually unlimited immunity to do it.

Ask yourself: What will happen next?

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Donald Trump attempted to overthrow an election, wants to be a dictator on day one, and has promised revenge and retribution if he wins—and the Supreme Court he appointed just gave him virtually unlimited immunity to do it.

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Donald Trump attempted to overthrow an election, wants to be a dictator on day one, and has promised revenge and retribution if he wins—and the Supreme Court he appointed just gave him virtually unlimited immunity to do it.

Ask yourself: What will happen next? pic.twitter.com/uEtCdCJ1i7

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 4, 2024

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Updated at 14.58 BST

Joe Biden has reportedly admitted that he needs more sleep during a call with Democratic governors.

The Guardian’s Chris Michael and agencies report:

The US president told the Democratic governors that he had been feeling fatigued, needed to get more sleep and was aiming to reduce overwork, particularly by planning fewer engagements after 8pm, the New York Times reported.

The topic came up at a crucial meeting on Wednesday aimed at shoring up the support of key senior Democratic figures after the US president’s disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump last week.

Governors, including California’s Gavin Newsom and Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, who are increasingly tipped as rivals to Biden and his vice-president, Kamala Harris, emerged from the meeting enthusiastically pledging their ongoing support for the president as the presumptive party nominee for this November’s election.

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Make-or-break days ahead for Biden and presidential campaign

Good morning,

Make-or-break days are ahead of Joe Biden as the president prepares for a crucial interview and several campaign events in swing states.

Following the political fallout of Biden’s lackluster performance during last week’s presidential debate, the president and his team have been scrambling with damage control as major Democrat backers pause their donations. Meanwhile, at least two sitting House Democrats have publicly called on Biden to withdraw his re-election bid.

In what will be seen as a crucial test of Biden’s competency, the president is expected to sit for his first televised interview on Friday following last week’s debate with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. ABC said the interview will “air in its entirety as a primetime special” at 8pm ET.

Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign team on Friday announced that the president will engage with an “aggressive travel schedule” this month that will span multiple swing states, CNN reports. His campaign team added that Biden “can also be expected to engage in frequent off-the-cuff moments over the course of the month, as he has consistently throughout this campaign”.

Here are other developments in US politics:

  • Biden is set to return to Madison, Wisconsin, for a campaign rally this afternoon.

  • Donald Trump has challenged Biden to a “no holds barred” debate following a moderated debate last week by CNN which saw the speakers’ mics muted when they were not speaking.

  • Arizona’s former Republican governor Jan Brewer has condemned election denialism amid Republican politics in a new Guardian interview.

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Updated at 15.00 BST

The Guardian