DW: You argue that US President Donald Trump is less an anomaly than commonly thought. This may sound strange to many people who have observed him and his behavior not just during the campaign but also since becoming president. Why do you think that? Christopher Newfield: A lot of his positions on policy matters are the same as the right-wing of the Republican Party. His gender attitudes, his antagonism towards abortion - he is now trying to defund Planned Parenthood, which not only provides abortions but also provides basic birth control for low-income people. His interest in privatization using public money to give to private contractors to renew our infrastructure, appointing a Wall Street banker, who profited quite a bit from the housing crisis in 2008/2009, as secretary of the treasury for example. He is very Republican mainstream in the content of the views. I think what people are shocked by is the way that he promulgates the views, the publicity style, that is quite … [Read more...] about ‘Treat Donald Trump like a normal politician who is wrong about everything’
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Almost six months after Donald Trump was sworn in - backed by a Republican majority in the House and Senate - the president and the GOP still have no signature legislative success to their names. The starkest symbol of their failure to govern is their inability to deliver on Trump's promise to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and replace it with a Republican version of health care reform. What makes the ongoing legislative health care debacle more embarrassing and consequential than, for instance, President Trump's uphill struggle to build a wall along the Mexican border, is that abolishing Obama's signature piece of legislation - unlike the president's border wall idea - was a longstanding Republican policy. Getting rid of "Obamacare" has been the joint rallying cry for Republican legislators across the country for years now. Little room for schadenfreude And while it may seem ironic that their effort towards fulfilling their "repeal and … [Read more...] about Opinion: Congressional Republicans have joined Donald Trump’s amateur hour
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the senate's GOP caucus to the White House and called out the handful lawmakers who voted against Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare. During a White House lunch, Trump said that none of the GOP senators should leave town over the summer until they pass a new health care bill, adding that any Republican who opposes debating the legislation was effectively "fine with Obamacare." Read more: Opinion: Congressional Republicans have joined Donald Trump’s amateur hour Despite the Republicans holding a 52-48 majority in the senate, Trump's proposed bill failed to gather the 50 votes needed to pass. Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, Jerry Moran, of Kansas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul, of Kentucky all said they would vote against the bill for various reasons. "For seven years you promised the American people you would repeal Obamacare. People are hurting and frankly … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to GOP senators: Don’t leave town until health care proposals pass
US President Donald Trump is looking for a suitable candidate to take over the US Federal Reserve Bank, which is by many accounts the second most important position in America after the president. But the casting for the job is a throwback to his days on the reality TV show "The Apprentice" when he played himself, Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and businessman. In the show, he selected candidates from a group of applicants who were then allowed to work for him as an "apprentice." The process was long and accompanied by as much spectacle as possible. As president, Trump is now staging what the political website The Hill mockingly called "Central Bank Apprentice." For months, Trump has been tossing out names — such as Gary Cohn, formerly the number two at the investment bank Goldman Sachs, and who was seen as a favorite for the position for several months — only to drop them unceremoniously. Trump then spontaneously let Republican senators have a say by a show … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to new Fed boss: You’re hired!
Republican Senator Jeff Flake took aim at US President Donald Trump on Tuesday as Flake announced that he would not run for re-election in 2018. "There are times we must risk our careers. Now is such a time," the Arizona senator said in a speech on the Senate floor. He criticized the path that the Republican Party has taken under Trump, decrying the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" that is dragging down politics. "We must stop pretending that the degradation of politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal," the senator said. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Flake's decision not to seek re-election was "probably a good move," arguing that he lacks enough support from voters in Arizona. Flake, who has served in the Senate since 2013, has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. He became the second Republican to announce he would not be running for re-election next year, joining … [Read more...] about US President Donald Trump in war of words with Republican senators