Trump campaign fires pollsters after mixed messaging

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WASHINGTON, May 8, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump signs a presidential memorandum at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 8, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump said here on Tuesday that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, a landmark agreement signed in 2015. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has parted ways with some of its pollsters after the leak of internal polling showing Trump trailing Democratic front-runner Joe Biden in some key battleground states.

Trump and his aides first disputed the poll’s existence, then tried to discount its importance.

The high-profile internal drama on the brink of Trump’s formal reelection launch could signal trouble ahead for the campaign if staffers are skittish about being candid with Trump.

The episode is also a sobering reminder that for all of the Trump campaign’s efforts to professionalize its operation, much hasn’t changed.