negotiators not up to the task of forging agreements for the benefit of Americans,
whether in the area of trade or healthcare policy.
administration that was not up to the requirements of pushing through difficult legislation. The White House proved unable either to craft a policy balance that
could please enough Republicans or to come up with a compelling argument to
persuade Americans to pressure members of Congress.
think it can be viewed in any way other than a big defeat,” said Lanhee J. Chen, a Republican policy specialist and veteran of past presidential campaigns.
did not take responsibility for its demise. He blamed Democrats for failing to vote
for the measure but also suggested he would work with them for a bipartisan
and “truly great healthcare bill in the future.”
agenda and putting a priority on tax reform, which he has suggested in recent
days has long been his favorite topic.
danger from some of the same factors that doomed the healthcare measure.
reluctant to get into the policy
weeds in a way that allows him
to barter with lawmakers; in the
weeks leading up to Friday, he
stuck in public to generalized
campaign-style descriptions of
that its costs would fall most
harshly on some of his own
voters — older, poorer Americans — he did not counter with any specific
argument, other than the insistence that those voters should trust him.
resurface during discussions of tax policy and the budget.
seeking tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, and more populist members
who want to give greater help to the middle-class voters who contributed to
cut the deficit and expand defense spending.
he has been reluctant to ask voters to accept trade-offs, putting him in a weak
position for crafting legislative compromises.
he is operating far below ground when it comes to voter support.
disapproved of how Trump was handling his job; only 37% supported him.
Other polls have shown similar numbers.
backed him have begun pulling away, the poll indicated.
4 points; in the latest poll, they disapproved by 9 points. His support among
Republicans has fallen from 91% — a typical rating for a president from his
own party — to 81%. Among whites, narrow support has given way to a 6-point
deficit, the poll found.
voters without college degrees — only 50% approved of his tenure, compared
with to 43% who disapproved, a stark difference from their enthusiastic
approval of him earlier.
Timothy Malloy, the assistant director of the poll. “Far and away, the worst
numbers ever seen in a president.”
indicated that Trump had been
damaged by his contention that President Obama wiretapped
him in Trump Tower — a view
to which Trump has stuck
despite assertions by FBI Director
James B. Comey and others that
no such activity took place.
by backing a healthcare plan that
was less popular than he is. The
poll found that only 17% of Americans supported the measure; more than
2 in 5 voters said they were strongly against it.
Democrats were energetically against it.
majority of Americans were afraid the plan would diminish insurance coverage.
As Chen noted, Trump has nearly four years to go before his next election.
the rest of his presidency in any way,” said Chen. So far, he added, Trump has accomplished “a lot of good combined with unforced errors.”
strategy, but an awareness of shortcomings for a president who, for all his
attraction to disruption, has been stubbornly set in his ways.
it was opposing.
share of blame: “We’ve got to do better, and we will,” he said.
watching Obamacare “explode” — seeming unconcerned about the human impact.
loss might serve as a learning experience, he included the suggestion of
payback against those in his party who had dared to vote against his wishes.