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Trump needs to spend his break repairing
a broken relationship with Congress

McClatchy Newspapers, by Andrew Malcolm

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Posted By:SurferLad, 8/8/2017 7:41:01 AM

While President Trump spends the next two weeks away from the White House, scores of workers will undertake the next steps in a long-planned renovation of the West Wing. White House staffers have been relocated while stairs and leaks are repaired, electrical systems upgraded, walls repainted, drapes cleaned and a modernized system of heating and air conditioning is installed. The massive 24/7 repair work area is an ideal metaphor for the troubled Trump administration rolling toward its eighth month. [Snip] However, one serious problem remains unaddressed – the deteriorating relations between the Republican president and the Republican Congress, something that


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 8/8/2017 7:52:44 AM     (No. 11345005)

FTA: ...the deteriorating relations between the Republican president and the Republican Congress, something that reared its head during the prolonged House struggle to repeal Obamacare. Without repair, this poor relationship threatens to sink GOP chances of holding its congressional majorities in next year’s midterm elections....

I blame the Republican Congress. They´re just as loathsome as the Democrats. Their hatred of President Trump will be their own undoing, not his. Unfortunately, they´re also hurting the country in the process. They care only for themselves. WHERE IS THEIR PATRIOTISM?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: daisymay, 8/8/2017 7:54:06 AM     (No. 11345007)

I think it´s the other way around. Congress should come back with a better attitude towards their President. Those Never Trumpers should either get on Board, or sit down and quit obstructing his agenda. The voters who put those Senators and Members of Congress in their Seats should remind them what will happen of they refuse to work with Trump and FOR the Voters.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tisHimself, 8/8/2017 7:54:59 AM     (No. 11345008)

He won and he needs to kiss whose what in the front window where?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bogeegolf, 8/8/2017 7:59:17 AM     (No. 11345015)

Take away their health care.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/8/2017 8:05:21 AM     (No. 11345022)

Malcolm needs to spend his break remembering Trump is the President: Congress needs to fix the broken relationship. There. Fixed your headline for you.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: winnie1, 8/8/2017 8:07:19 AM     (No. 11345025)

Trump pass an executive order demanding Congress, while in Washington DC gets paid by the hour and gets a two week vacation like the rest of the country.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Throwback, 8/8/2017 8:14:27 AM     (No. 11345033)

This is like being awakened for a lecture on safe driving at 20 AM by a drunk who just totaled your car parked in front of your house.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 8/8/2017 8:17:31 AM     (No. 11345037)

President Trump needs to spend his break repairing his relationship with his supporters. The GOPe leadership in Congress will not again be on his side - not that they ever really were. They are enemies of the people, only slightly less bad than their Democrat UniParty "colleagues".

He can start by remembering that we voted for him and his agenda - not Ivanka and Jared and their agenda. It is time to place his country and supporters above even his family. We are at a point where President Trump himself must be held responsible for the divisions and conflicts within his WH.

Clean up the divisions in your WH, Mr. President, so that it can stand. WTP will deal with Congress next year - and we will not be polite, gentle, or "civil" about it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Loosecannon, 8/8/2017 8:35:26 AM     (No. 11345063)

Andrew Malcolm has it exactly bass ackwards.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/8/2017 8:43:36 AM     (No. 11345073)

Obama holdover, a congress filled with lying Democrats led my screwballs like Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer, a media that is on a blend of meth, cocaine and opioids on all things Trump, a completely phony investigation of the resident´s people used as a smoke screen to hide the criminality of the previous administration, a massive garbage dump of legislation (Obamacare) and idiotic previous presidential mandates, rules and outright thievery (Iran, Solyndra, etc), and this article says, Trump is the one who should reach out and repair HIS broken relationship with congress.

What is wrong with this picture?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/8/2017 8:47:04 AM     (No. 11345076)

Blame Congress for the relationship with the President. If they were serious about repairing their relationship, they should start by closing down the Russia probe, and stop trying to impeach him.

Instead we have the Democrats marching lockstep with their own far-left agenda which is likely the agenda of the Obama administration. As for the Republicans, it is unclear how many of them are working with the Democrats since they refuse to show their real agenda.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Beca, 8/8/2017 8:47:58 AM     (No. 11345077)

Stupid article. He got them all three branches. It´s in their court.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/8/2017 8:48:25 AM     (No. 11345078)

Apparently Malcolm still hasn´t figured out exactly why President Trump won the election.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Tusker, 8/8/2017 9:28:13 AM     (No. 11345126)

No, just the opposite... but given Congress is a sewer, consisting of pinkocommiedemocraprepub rats, the possibility of conciliation is remote at best.

By the way at, how´s Bow-Boy " hospitalization insurance working out for you? Great stuff, right?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 8/8/2017 9:34:21 AM     (No. 11345137)

Is this a suggesting that he needs to find a way to reconcile with thieves and liars against the best interests of the country and it´s citizens???

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Flipper3, 8/8/2017 9:56:59 AM     (No. 11345158)

Hey!! They started it, damn it! They´re the ones who should be held responsible for repairing the damaged relationship.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: god of irony, 8/8/2017 10:02:14 AM     (No. 11345170)

It wasn´t Trump that failed and got lying to the American people for the last 8 years.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: franq, 8/8/2017 10:09:06 AM     (No. 11345175)

Trump needs to do nothing of the sort. Congress is not his friend; their choice, not his.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: JansGraphix, 8/8/2017 10:18:34 AM     (No. 11345189)

What are you going to do when at least half of the republicans in congress are stealth democrats? Its imperative we vote for conservatives to replace these republicrats. Till then, nothing gets done.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/8/2017 10:31:34 AM     (No. 11345205)

Bushie #NeverTrumper still doing his part for the Jebster.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bella, 8/8/2017 10:41:11 AM     (No. 11345217)

NO, no, no. Let Congress do the repairing!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: EQKimball, 8/8/2017 10:53:15 AM     (No. 11345234)

How much does a president need his own party? An impeached Andrew Johnson avoided conviction in the Senate by one vote. With the polls shakey to keep the House, POTUS cannot afford bad relations with Republicans.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/8/2017 11:24:49 AM     (No. 11345254)

The joke is on the Republican voters. Every GOPe Senator up for re-election can claim voting for repeal...it was McCain, Collins and Murkowski that messed it up. The House can just stand around looking innocent. Republicans will vote to retain the bunch because 1) My guy is not the problem. 2) Any Republican is better than the Democrat.

The fact is that Trump will be opposed by the GOPe and the Dems until they are rid of him and the threat of swamp draining.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: judy, 8/8/2017 11:42:24 AM     (No. 11345271)

Trump´s numbers are higher than Congress & the democrat media combined. Sorry McClatchy Trump had congress at the WH ,more in 6 months than Obama had them in 8 years. The people like Trump they do not like congress or the media. I´d like to see congress or the media get a crowd of 10,000 people.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Smart11344, 8/8/2017 12:16:57 PM     (No. 11345303)

To the esteemed idiots at McClatchy. Congress is what is broken. Put away your drugs and get real.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 8/8/2017 12:27:59 PM     (No. 11345312)

Both Trump and the Republican-led House and Senate need to stop stabbing each other in the back and via tweets. As for the polls, most here call them fake news if they don´t show Trump with good approval numbers. That could be true, but all might try harder and work for the American people if they think they´re in danger of losing their jobs.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 8/8/2017 1:16:05 PM     (No. 11345339)

Surrender, surrender, surrender is the drumbeat. Trump won when the forces that took over the House and the Senate finally pushed on to the White House with the right candidate, instead of the losers McCain or Romney. Trump won in the face of the dem/media machine. He won in the face of almost everyone saying he would not. He won and pulled enough along to pull in the Senate as well.

The whiny mediocrity who couldn´t get the job done now whines about winning and seems determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

WHY would we endorse the whiny losers? Seeking cooperation with them is a dead end. Why would Trump or his supporters want to surrender? If the relationship is broken, it is Congressional swamp critters that have broken it with their timidity and egos.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 8/8/2017 1:45:00 PM     (No. 11345365)

Just how stupid are these pundits?? Trump needs to do it? Don´t think so Sparky.

Congress has been rebuffing him and all attempts to work together since he took office in January. Where in tarnation have you been? Under a rock? In a cave?

They are so dead set against him that McConnell is actually ceding his own authority to Chuck Schumer in regards to pro forma sessions in the Senate this month.

By this time, Obama had at least 69% of his nominees confirmed by McConnell. Compare that to the measly 23% for Trump. CONGRESS needs to do that work, not the President. Enough is enough.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/9/2017 1:08:45 AM     (No. 11345970)

Seems like Congress needs to respect our President.

Note to Congress: We put you there. We can take you out. Shape up.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: dvc, 8/9/2017 2:28:08 PM     (No. 11346683)

Congress critters better get on the right side of Trump or face replacement next year.

Believe or be replaced.

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National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
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His pre-dawn raid was meant to intimidate Manafort, not just to collect evidence. Robert Mueller’s sprawling special-counsel investigation is playing hardball. It was not enough to get a search warrant to ransack the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, even as the former Trump campaign chairman was cooperating with congressional investigators. Mueller’s bad-asses persuaded a judge to give them permission to pick the door lock. That way, they could break into the premises in the wee hours, while Manafort and his wife were in bed sleeping. They proceeded to secure the premises — of a man they are reportedly investigating for tax and financial crimes, not gang murders and Mafia hits — by drawing their guns on the stunned couple, apparently to check their pajamas for weapons. Mueller’s probe more resembles an empire, with 17 prosecutors retained on the public dime. So . . .

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