President Trump reelection campaign clarifies 5G policy after catching administration off guard

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The President Donald Trump re-election campaign sparked widespread confusion inside the Trump administration and the cellular wireless industry March 1 when it advocated for a nationwide "wholesale" 5G network, which is 180 degrees from official White House policy. The Trump campaign is now walking back the statement from Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for Trump’s 2020 campaign, saying they did not intend to set new policy. McEnany said, "The White House sets the policy on 5G and all issues. Naturally, the campaign fully supports the president’s priorities and his policy agenda. There is no daylight between the White House and the campaign." Apparently, 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale has been arguing for an "open wholesale market with a privatized company that is not a carrier" because he believes it would be politically advntageous to Trump in 2020. "A 5G network that connected rural America to high-speed internet would increase turnout and let the president talk directly to rural Americans," an anonymous source added, paraphrasing Parscale's private views. 

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