Biden world privately makes 2024 moves of their own

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And, like that, 2024 begins.

Former president DONALD’S TRUMP is expected to announce his candidacy for a second term in the White House in a few hours. But don’t expect the president Joe Biden say a lot about this or the 2024 Republican primary in general — at least for months to come.

Most aides say they would rather Trump not run because they see him as a danger to the republic. But they also recognize the political expediency of his expected announcement and the prospect of a messy Republican primary. Biden himself dropped his own mask of indifference at last week’s post-election press conference, telling a reporter who asked about a possible RON DESANTIS-Trump battle: “It would be fun to see them go head-to-head.”

Over the next few months, the White House will defer to the Democratic National Committee when it comes to dealing with Trump and the rest of the Republican field. Whoever the GOP nominee is, Democrats intend to make them pay for embracing Trump’s policies and excusing his worst behavior, aides said.

Quietly, however, the White House and the DNC are taking some preliminary steps to prepare for Biden’s re-election campaign. There are talks of having multiple allied super PACs with one or two dedicated to black and Latino media, according to a senior Democratic official. Two other Democrats confirmed there were general discussions of a Latino paid outside media effort, but said it was unclear whether it would be through a super PAC or another entity.

The White House and the DNC also worked together to solicit resumes for some leadership positions in the re-election, according to five Democrats familiar with the matter. Biden advisers have focused on the re-election seat in Philadelphia, though a final decision has not been made, according to four of those Democrats. And some White House officials have already expressed interest in joining the campaign.

White House Spokesperson ANDREW BATES said, “these assertions are inaccurate”, without giving further details.

“We are aware that there is no shortage of people speculating,” he said, “but very few people are actually informed about anything of that nature.”

Many Democrats don’t expect a decision from Biden to come anytime soon. Biden himself is known to be Hamlet-esque in settling these sorts of issues. Additionally, the White House is wary of financial charges that arise after the president’s official declaration for re-election. Currently, the DNC pays for political events, but the White House can rig what is technically a political event or just a political event with political advantage. It gets harder once Biden declares it, and the bills can quickly pile up. Some former Trump White House officials believe they made a mistake filing for re-election on day one because of the campaign money it cost them the first two years.

So until then, the White House will rely heavily on the DNC to do the blocking and the fight against the election. The committee is launching a coordinated response effort in 2024 that will pursue several GOP hopefuls, according to a person familiar with the operation.

The DNC, which also monitors the former vice-president MIKE PENCEjust announced plans to onboard press staffers in all four states at the start of the main schedule as well as Florida, Trump and DeSantis territory.

This is the first the DNC has ever put field communications personnel in a presidential cycle, according to a press release announcing the moves.

As for the early posts against Trump, the DNC-run @JoeBiden account and the White House-run @POTUS account posted videos today focusing on the President signing the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law after the Trump’s inconsistent efforts to focus on the issue.

As Biden said in one of his videos: “My predecessor promised an infrastructure week. He never came.

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Which president pardoned a turkey during the ceremonial tradition of Thanksgiving and said “let it go on?”

(Answer below.)

WAKE UP TELEPHONE: Biden woke up Wednesday morning in Bali, Indonesia to news that Russia’s air assault on Ukraine may have gone awry, with two missiles hitting eastern Poland. While Pentagon officials said they were in the early stages of investigating the attack — possibly the first direct strike on a NATO member since the war began — Biden said discussed with the Polish President. ANDRZEJ DUDAaccording to the White House.

RELATED: POLITICO’s NatSec Daily today: “Poland has struck. Russia to blame?

SWIFT: White House Chief of Staff RON KLAIN responded to the news that Ticketmaster crashed during the concert ticket presale for the pop superstar TAYLOR SWIFT. Klain wrote in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon: “In my years in the public and private sectors, people have said to me: if only government could run like a business.

Well, the @USEdgov and @USDS team built a student loan forgiveness portal that processed 8 MILLION applications in the first 30 hours without crashing.

But does that mean you’re a Swiftie, Ron?

MEET AT ‘THE MANGROVE THING’: The president was scheduled to attend a dinner and cultural event in Indonesia on Tuesday night but suddenly skipped, according to a report from the White House pool. An administration official said “it’s not COVID. He just had a full day in a meeting and had to take care of a few things tonight (nothing urgent!). He spoke to [Indonesian President JOKO] WIDODO to send his regrets for missing dinner and Widodo said that was no problem.

The official, according to the print pooler, added that “P can’t wait to see him tomorrow at the Mangrove,” referring to a tree-planting ceremony by all G-20 leaders before the summit ended.

THANKSGIVING PLANS: Biden is expected to pardon the National Thanksgiving turkey and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the presentation of the National Thanksgiving turkey on Nov. 21. Both the bird and its alternate were bred near Monroe, North Carolina.

WEDDING WEEKEND: With the wedding of the presidential granddaughter NAOMI KING BIDEN and PETER GEORGE HEERMANNEAL this weekend, WaPo’s JURA CONCIUS and ROXANNE ROBERTS delve into White House weddings of the past.

“The White House hosts hundreds of events each year, but none are as personal and romantic as a wedding,” they write. “The combination of history, grandeur and fame makes this a rare and unforgettable experience. But having a personal event in a public space also comes at a price.

FIRST IN THE WEST WING PLAYBOOK: MARTHE GIMBEL will leave the White House within the next two months, leaving her role as senior adviser to the Council of Economic Advisers, DANIEL LIPPMAN has learned. Gimbel, a Schmidt Futures and Joint Economic Committee alumnus who led the CEA transition team, and her husband LEE SEYMOURa Tony Award-winning producer, plans to travel for seven months before figuring out her next step.

—LYNN ROSENTHAL joins the office of the assistant secretary for health as HHS director of sexual and gender-based violence, Lippman also learned. She was most recently president of the Center for Family Safety and Healing in Columbus, Ohio.

YELLEN’S OPINION: treasury secretary JANET YELLEN said on Tuesday that she did not believe there was cause to open an investigation into ELON MUSKBiden’s purchase of Twitter, after Biden said the purchase was worth considering. “We really don’t have any basis – that I know of – to look at the finances of his business,” Yellen told CBS News. KELLY GARRY has more details.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: The White House is asking lawmakers to provide nearly $48 billion in funding to help Ukraine as the Russian invasion drags on, invest in Covid vaccines and other preventative measures, and control the spread of the virus. monkeypox, hepatitis C and HIV. Our CAITLIN EMMA see you.

The Biden-Xi talks mark a shift in US-China relations toward handling fierce competition (WSJ’s Andrew Restuccia, Ken Thomas, Chun Han Wong and Keith Zhai)

The FBI is ‘extremely concerned’ about how TikTok works in the US (Bloomberg’s Chris Strohm and Daniel Flatley)

The G-20 must stand firm on Russia and urge an end to the war in Ukraine (AP’s Seung Min Kim, Zeke Miller and Elaine Kurtenbach)

US intelligence suggests Russia delay announcing Kherson’s retirement until after midterm elections (CNN’s Katie Bo Lillis, Zachary Cohen and Natasha Bertrand)

JARED BERNSTEINmember of the Council of Economic Advisers, at the Axios News Shapers event Wednesday at 8 a.m. EST

President JOHN F. KENNEDY said “let it go on,” after pardoning a turkey in the White House Rose Garden on Nov. 19, 1963, according to the White House Historical Association.

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Edited by Eun Kyung Kim and Sam Stein.

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