US President Donald Trump’s frustrations threaten agenda, rupture alliances: Report

October 12, 2017 10:37 pm

President speaks on tax reform, at Harrisburg International Airport on October 11, 2017 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump’s frustration with his cabinet and anger for not receiving enough credit for his handling of three successive hurricanes has turned him into “pressure cooker” who is lashing out at aides, rupturing alliances and imperiling his legislative agenda, according to a report.
In a matter of days, Trump has burned bridges all around him, nearly imploded a deal with Democratic lawmakers to protect young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, and plunged himself into the culture wars on issues ranging from the national anthem to birth control, The Washington Post reported, citing numerous White House officials and outside advisers.
In recent days, Trump has shown flashes of fury and left his aides, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, struggling to manage his outbursts.
One Trump confidant described the president as a “pressure cooker,” saying that when he does not blow off steam, he can explode. “I think we are in pressure cooker territory,” said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
This depiction of Trump increasingly isolated in Washington is based on interviews with 18 White House officials, outside advisers and other Trump associates.
US Senator Bob Corker’s brutal assessment of Trump’s competence for leadership — warning that the president’s reckless behavior could launch the nation “on the path to World War III” — also caused angry condemnations inside the White House, where aides feared possible ripple effects among other Republicans in Congress.
Trump is also facing political head winds, including from his so-called populist base. The president has complained to numerous White House aides about his concerns over his popularity with “my people,” according to people briefed on White House deliberations.
“Donald Trump got elected with minority support from the American electorate, and most of his efforts thus far are focused on energizing and solidifying the 40 percent of Americans who were with him, primarily by attacking the 60 percent who were not,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres said. “That is great for his supporters, but it makes it very difficult to accomplish anything in a democracy.”
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