Opinion Donald Trump's Deal With Democrats Doesn't Make Him an Independent

19:36  12 september  2017
19:36  12 september  2017 Source:   usnews.com

Inside Trump's Deal with the Democrats

  Inside Trump's Deal with the Democrats Trump sat in the Oval Office, listening to his Treasury Secretary oppose a plan to raise the debt ceiling. The president, in deal-making mode, had heard enough. As Mnuchin made his case, Trump cut in: He would side with Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to make a 90-day deal to lift the debt ceiling.Five sources who received accounts of the exchange confirmed it to NBC News, with one person describing Mnuchin as seeming initially "wounded" and "surprised" by the president's action.

Trump Is No Independent . Don ' t buy that Trump ' s deal with Democrats means he's abandoning the GOP. This weekend, the papers of record came to a consensus about Donald Trump : beholden to neither the Democratic nor Republican Party, he is, as Peter Baker put it for the New York Times

Updated: September 9, 2017 11:38 am. Donald Trump the independent ? President angered party after cutting deal with Democrats . “I think the president, when it comes to making deals , is an enigma,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders and administration officials on tax reform, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Washington.: Trump belongs to the GOP.© (Evan Vucci/AP Photo) Trump belongs to the GOP.

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This weekend, the papers of record came to a consensus about Donald Trump: beholden to neither the Democratic nor Republican Party, he is, as Peter Baker put it for the New York Times, perhaps "the first independent to hold the presidency since the advent of the current two-party system around the time of the Civil War."

This is, as former Vice President Joe Biden would say, a bunch of malarkey.

Pernicious malarkey, in fact, because it obscures far more than it explains. By placing Trump outside the context of the Republican Party, journalists conceal the way he has both reshaped and adopted the party's ideas. And they also overlooks that Trump is acting, more or less, like any Republican president navigating a Republican-led Congress as dysfunctional as the current one.

Trump ad says Pelosi, Schumer ‘trying to stop him’ one day after he made deal with Dems

  Trump ad says Pelosi, Schumer ‘trying to stop him’ one day after he made deal with Dems A new campaign ad for President Trump hits on "career politicians" for trying to impede his agenda. "Career politicians and the media, trying to stop him, but President Trump is fighting for America," the ad says, flashing pictures of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).The ad then touts the country's successes since Trump took office."Over 1 million new jobs, companies investing billions in America, stock market reaching all time record highs, our border more secure," a narrator in the ad says.

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Why Is President Trump Making a Deal With Democrats ? He Just Wants a Win. It’s unclear whether the deal to protect Dreamers will be consummated or how long Trump ’ s outreach to Democrats will last.

Let's start with the obvious: Policy-wise, Trump looks a whole lot like a mainstream Republican. There's the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the desire to slash taxes, the appointment of a conservative jurist to the Supreme Court, the hard line on immigration. Even in the areas that Trump seems to deviate from GOP orthodoxy, it's more rhetorical than real. For instance, Trump's promises to salvage Social Security and Medicare may sound like Democrat-lite deviations from the party line, but what Republican has successfully gutted either?

To the extent that the Trump administration has accomplished anything – and admittedly, the list is short – it is a list of standard-issue Republican policy: rolling back environmental protections, toughening sentencing guidelines for nonviolent offenders, prosecuting a phony war on voter fraud, gutting financial regulations.

Schumer: I started considering Trump deal in August

  Schumer: I started considering Trump deal in August Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview published Saturday that he began planning his shocking debt ceiling deal with President Trump as far back as August. In an interview with the New York Times' "The New Washington" podcast, Schumer said he was thinking about his "leverage" with Trump back in August during a family vacation. "Even when I was on vacation with my family in August, I started looking," Schumer said in the interview."What's our leverage?" Schumer said he asked himself. "We only had one thing as leverage at that point, which was the debt ceiling."That leverage paid off.

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True, there are another set of Trump priorities that are at odds with conservative orthodoxy. Chief among these is the move away from free-market ideology and toward protectionism. But while it would be easy to score things like the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership and the renegotiation of NAFTA as decidedly un-Republican things to do, it's worth noting that as Trump emerged as the GOP candidate, Republican voters moved toward him. Trump may not be a free-trader, but increasingly, Republicans aren't either.

The same holds true for foreign policy. While an embrace of Russia or a denunciation of the invasion of Iraq may sound anti-Republican, Trump's movement on these two fronts has brought more and more Republicans to his side. By May 2017, for instance, a whopping 49 percent of Republicans voiced a favorable view of Russia, up 11 points from just a few months earlier. Other Trump policies, like staying engaged in Afghanistan, tightening relations with Israel and bombing freely in the Middle East align squarely with long-standing Republican priorities.

Trump: Hurricanes make tax cuts necessary

  Trump: Hurricanes make tax cuts necessary Ahead of a meeting Wednesday with members of Congress from both parties, President Trump linked his efforts to pass tax cuts with the need for recovery efforts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. "With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. Go Congress, go!" Trump tweeted, just hours before the bipartisan White House meeting. Trump has argued that cutting taxes and simplifying the tax code will spur economic growth, helping recovery in communities damaged in the recent storms.

In early September, something odd happened. President Donald Trump ’ s approval rating actually started getting better. So perhaps the Alabama result made Trump fear that he’s losing his base — and his brand — and made him more eager to stoke feuds and spurn deals with Democrats .

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Perhaps more interesting than all this, though, is what happens when we turn our attention to Congress. The data point that most favors those in the "Trump the independent" camp resides there. The flurry of articles crowning Trump a man without a party point to his decision to shake hands with Democratic leaders rather than Republican ones on a recent debt-ceiling deal.

Yet even setting aside the (rather high) odds that Trump made the deal in a fit of pique or boredom, it's not clear that his across-the-aisle handshake marks him as unusual, given the situation. The real outlier is Congress. Even with a Republican in the White House, the habits of obstructionism, division and radicalism are now so ingrained, particularly in the House, that legislating remains impossible.

Nowhere was that dysfunction clearer than in the failed attempt to pass the party's central legislative priority, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While Trump's incuriosity and disengagement didn't help, it was ultimately the Republicans in Congress who cratered Obamacare repeal. In fact, it would be fair to say that during the Trump administration, to the extent that any Republican policies have been advanced, they've been advanced through the executive, not the legislative branch. At the moment, Trump is the keeper of the Republican flame.

Under such conditions, most Republican presidents have reached out for bipartisan compromise. A bipartisan coalition passed immigration reform under Ronald Reagan, a budget deal under George H. W. Bush and education reform under George W. Bush. But Trump faces sharply limited options for bipartisan coalitions, which have become anathema to Republican leadership, particularly in the House. A president seeking legislative wins, shut out by his own party, will naturally turn to the other party when a victory seems possible.

This is not to say Trump is a normal president. But it is to argue that a major component of his willingness to partner with Democrats – which outside of this small deal has been entirely rhetorical, not real – is driven by congressional dysfunction, not party independence.

Trump isn't a very effective leader. Nor is he a very popular one. But to date, he's still very much a Republican.

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