March 7, 2019

ALWAYS BET ON THE dEEP sTATE:

'Not my fault': Trump struggles to defend his record amid setbacks on immigration, trade, North Korea (David Nakamura, Seung Min Kim and Josh Dawsey March 6, 2019, Washington Post)

On immigration, the administration has sought to block asylum seekers at legal ports of entry along the border, prompting them to try to find alternative pathways into the country. The president shut down parts of the federal government for 35 days -- the longest such closure in U.S. history -- in an ill-fated fight for border wall funding, even though experts said the surge of migrant families is not a threat to national security and that a wall would do little to curb it.

On trade, Trump's tariff war with China has harmed U.S. farmers as Beijing slashed agricultural imports. Although the president has signaled that a trade deal is close, analysts said an accord would not fundamentally alter the U.S. trade relationship with the world's second-largest economy.

And on North Korea, officials have said, the president's decision to rush forward with bilateral summits with Kim have led to difficulties for U.S. negotiators engaging with their counterparts over technical and complicated nuclear matters, as Kim has preferred to deal directly with Trump.

Simon Rosenberg, founder of NDN, a liberal think tank, noted that the tax cut has not met GOP projections for economic growth and could add significantly to the ballooning federal deficit.

"The reality is he can't point to a single thing that's better today than when he came to office," Rosenberg said.

Although he has projected confidence, Trump has fretted in private over his difficulties. 

Fortunately, the UR left him such a strong economy he's only been able to slow it, not kill it.

Posted by at March 7, 2019 3:57 AM

  

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