CNN: Don’t count President Trump out just yet

This CNN Op-Ed about president Donald Trump is not what you would expect from this Trump-bashing outlet. It is obvious that they recognize not only the abilities but the fight that is in President Trump. This CNN writer also draws upon experience watching other Presidents get their feet on the ground in the early days of their administrations.

As Written By Julian Zelizer for CNN:

It would be a big mistake to count President Trump out too soon. Although he has experienced a difficult two months, it is important to remember that other presidents have survived incredibly rocky starts and gone on to enjoy two-terms.

Without question, President Trump has been making an enormous number of serious mistakes and miscalculations. He has allowed his political capital to go out the window with sloppily crafted executive orders banning refugees, by badly mishandling the negotiations over repealing the Affordable Care Act, and by making almost no progress on the legislative front.
His wild tweets and irresponsible statements are contributing to his low national approval ratings (other presidents have had similarly low approval ratings). The courts and Congress have been able to check the President on several occasions, while a grassroots opposition movement called Indivisible succeeded at shaking legislators in both parties, forcing them to think twice about quickly throwing their support behind the President.
The investigation into Russia is the most serious threat that he faces. When former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony, every American with a historical memory could not help but ask if he would become this administration’s John Dean.
And yet it is important to remember that other presidents, two-term presidents, have been able to survive rocky and controversial starts to their presidency.
Republican Ronald Reagan, who ended up remaking American politics by pushing the national debate sharply to the right, struggled during his first few months in office. His proposed cuts to the budget were met with a fierce resistance as Americans discovered what his rhetorical attacks on government would actually mean if implemented into law. The laggard state of the……

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Don’t count President Trump out just yet (opinion) – CNN.com

 

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