President Trump bristled Wednesday at reports that his reelection campaign’s internal polling shows him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in several key states and claimed without evidence that those polls actually show him leading in every state his campaign has surveyed.
“We have great internal polling,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “We are winning in every single state that we polled.”
He claimed to have “very big” leads in Texas, Ohio and Florida, among other states.
Recent public polling has shown Trump trailing the former vice president by as much as double digits in some battleground states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania. And a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week showed Trump trailing six 2020 Democratic White House hopefuls in national matchups. Biden’s lead was the largest, at 13 percentage points.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Trump was referencing an update to a poll of 17 states that the campaign commissioned in March. “In this new data, the President has a lead in every state we polled,” Murtaugh said in am email.
He did not respond to a request to share the data or say which states were surveyed.
Trump in recent days has lashed out at the New York Times in the wake of a report that he was briefed on a 17-state poll conducted by his campaign pollster, Tony Fabrizio, that showed him trailing Biden in many of the states he needed to win in 2020.
Trump instructed aides to deny the results of the campaign’s internal polling and say publicly that other data showed him doing well, according to the Times report.
On Wednesday during his Oval Office meeting, Trump characterized the Times story and others reporting on his internal polling as “fake news.”
“It’s made up by the newspapers,” he said.
Trump added that his campaign actually does little polling. “You need ideas more than polls,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Trump addressed the issue on Twitter.
“The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign which, by the way and despite the phony and never ending Witch Hunt, are the best numbers WE have ever had,” he asserted.
The “Witch Hunt” was a reference to the investigation by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference in 2016. Trump has argued that if the investigation had not occurred, his job approval numbers would be significantly higher.