Looking around the table at the White House one day this week, President Trump chided fellow Republicans for kowtowing to the National Rifle Association. “You’re afraid of the N.R.A., right?” he challenged one senator.
On Wall Street, many investors headed for the exits Thursday. By the end of the trading day, the Dow lost more than 400 points. The market is worried about a possible trade war in the wake of President Trump's announcement that he is slapping new tariffs on imported aluminum and steel in what's billed as a move designed to protect American industry and jobs.
Democrats predicted a political backlash for Republicans in December when the GOP pushed through a deeply unpopular tax cut that added more than $1 trillion to the federal deficit and disproportionately helped the wealthy.
Republican lawmakers in 2011 brought the U.S. government to the brink of default, refused to raise the debt ceiling, demanded huge spending cuts, and insisted on a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.
"A parade of political advisers and Cabinet officials in the Trump administration have come and gone. As many of you know from watching “Washington Week,” the departures often seem to come on Fridays — and shake up our plans at the last minute. They’ve also shaken up the president’s inner circle, casting aside some players and bringing in new ones."