There has never been a United States President in recent memory who has been battled from all corners of the parallel universe in which they live.
Obama’s accomplishments, according to Obama, are laughable with the pattern emerging that his goal was to bring America down. (Source)
If he could have pulled it off, he would have completely destroyed the U.S. Economy, the U.S. Military and turned America into a progressive/Marxist, state.
It would appear that the hostility towards President has as its catalyst the refusal of the Republicans to vote on Justice Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.
Ten times, the Democrats blocked the Republican nominee without giving them a hearing. (Source)
WASHINGTON—Ten weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump hasn’t had an easy week yet.
Mr. Trump has hit regular high points—the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, a smooth speech to a joint session of Congress, an active deal-making role in health-care negotiations.
But they have each been punctured, within hours or days, by low points—courts blocking his travel restrictions, an early-morning tweet about wiretapping, and the collapse of those talks to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS
“Unusually low, unusually early,” the organization concluded in its assessment of the data. “Already a trendsetter by earning the lowest initial job approval rating of any president and falling below 40% approval in record time, Trump’s recent 35% and 36% approval ratings are the lowest of any president in his first year.”
On Thursday, the White House began making adjustments aimed at improving its performance as it turns toward a measure in Congress to keep the government from shutting down and an effort to overhaul the tax code.
But on Saturday morning, Mr. Trump again took to Twitter to promote his unsubstantiated claims that his predecessor had illegally wiretapped his offices, while also seeking to tamp down reports about the investigation into his team’s contacts with Russia.
“When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBC News start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?” he wrote. “It is the same Fake News Media that said there is ‘no path to victory for Trump’ that is now pushing the phony Russia story. A total scam!”
The president is likely to bank a win next week with the Senate moving toward approval of his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, though Democrats are threatening a vigorous debate and perhaps a filibuster.
Mr. Trump is in need of a clean victory to shore up his nascent presidency, political strategists said.
“Momentum matters right now, particularly when you have as aggressive an agenda as this White House has,” said Kevin Madden, a longtime Republican strategist who advised 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
“The core reason that the president got elected was his ability to speak to the frustrations that people have about Washington not getting things done. A lot of those controversies distract attention from that.”
The White House “hasn’t made the gains that they’ve promised, and Congress is motivated by gains,” Mr. Madden said. “Without those, it’s increasingly difficult to create incentives for Congress to provide the support they need to get things done.”
Mr. Trump, for his part, sets little store in polls or unfavorable headlines, as he has made clear in tweet after tweet.
“If the people of our great country could only see how viciously and inaccurately my administration is covered by certain media!” Mr. Trump wrote this week.
Instead, he and spokesman Sean Spicer talk up positive economic indicators, as Mr. Spicer did again Friday. He cited a survey by the National Association of Manufacturers, whose members visited the White House on Friday, in which 93% of respondents said they now had a positive outlook.
“The president was glad to see this report add to the list of measurements reflecting the incredible optimism and positivity that his pro-growth policies have created,” he said.
Other presidents have seen approval ratings significantly worse, but they have all come at later points in their presidencies, Gallup found.
President Bill Clinton hit a low in his first summer in office of 37%, but it marked a bottoming out from which he climbed back to win re-election. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush each reached the 20s in the latter years in their first, and only, terms of office, and didn’t recover.
The selection of Judge Gorsuch, who now serves on the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is a rare case in which the president has managed to clearly fulfill a campaign pledge, as was his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and expedite approval of long-stalled pipeline projects.
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More often, though, the White House has either seen its initiatives blocked or scaled back from the fiery rhetoric of the presidential campaign.
Mr. Trump is expected to seek minor changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, rather than a broad rewrite. He has yet to find a winning strategy for constructing a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border—paid for by Mexico. His travel restrictions on six majority-Muslim nations, intended to diminish terrorism threats, are mired in the courts. His description of the revised ban as a “watered-down version of the first one” already has complicated the government’s arguments in support of it.
On Thursday, a frustrated Mr. Trump lashed out at lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus who withheld support for the White House-backed health-care bill after deeming it insufficiently conservative. He said he would “fight them” in the 2018 elections, if he had to. The rift, some conservatives have said, is mutual.
“I think the man who came to drain the swamp might have become the creature from the black lagoon,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and a strong backer of Mr. Trump. “He’s got the wrong target. The grass roots thank God for the Freedom Caucus. Trump is separating himself from his own base.”
Since entering the White House, Mr. Trump has not finished a single week without controversy, and all of it has unfolded against a backdrop of probes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on Capitol Hill into his team’s contacts with Russia.
This week, the White House announced the departure of Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh to join America First Policies, an outside group that aims to bolster Mr. Trump’s agenda, and which could take a more muscular approach to fighting the president’s former conservative allies.
Trump advisers are interviewing Rick Dearborn, currently a deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs, to succeed Ms. Walsh, according to two people familiar with the conversations. A senior administration official said the White House hopes to decide on her successor by this weekend.
Mr. Dearborn and Ms. Walsh have feuded from the first day of Mr. Trump’s administration, according to a person familiar with their conversations.
Ms. Walsh, in charge of assigning West Wing office space, gave Mr. Dearborn an office he found inferior to the space allotted to his assistant. Mr. Dearborn and the assistant switched offices, which angered Ms. Walsh. Aides loyal to Mr. Dearborn cheered Ms. Walsh’s White House departure, while other insiders—including top Trump adviser Steve Bannon—heaped praise on her.
She is the second high-level Trump adviser to resign. The first was National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, who was forced out after it became apparent that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
Mr. Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials are now a major part of a much broader, criminal investigation of some of Mr. Trump’s top campaign advisers that has begun to hang over his new presidency.
“Having the Russia [inquiries] taking up time and energy, and add in the congressional oversight role—and it all presents a very real challenge,” Mr. Madden said.