House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said his GOP caucus supports a three-week funding extension being worked on by Senate Republicans. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not agree to such a plan without “terms of engagement” on longer-term spending.
One person in touch with the White House said the president’s inner circle increasingly believes a bill funding the government through Feb. 8 could pass, but no one thinks such a proposal is ready for a vote this weekend.
These elements sum up the Trump presidency so far: a dealmaking chief executive who can’t make a deal; a divided GOP struggling to govern; and a Democratic Party tethered to its anti-Trump progressive base in the face of political risk.
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Pinging from one upheaval to the next — while clearly not understanding the policy nuances of the negotiation — President Trump clashed at different times with Democrats and then members of his own party, who all grew increasingly exasperated with him even as they sought to cast blame on the other side.
Last January, as questions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election were beginning to percolate publicly, prominent business leaders and activists from that country attended Donald Trump’s inauguration, mingling at balls and receptions — at times in proximity to key U.S. political officials.
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The United States has taken a far more skeptical approach to international agreements such as NAFTA, the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord.
China, Russia and other U.S. adversaries have tried to fill what they consider a void left by the Trump administration’s more narrow definition of America’s role overseas.
U.S. allies in places such as Europe, the Middle East and Mexico say they are confused about seeming contradictions in Trump’s foreign policy and tweets.
The administration has stepped up the U.S. campaign against Islamist insurgents in places such as Afghanistan and Somalia. But critics say there is no parallel increase in political efforts to resolve the conflicts — and many diplomatic posts are vacant.
Israel is among the countries pleased by Trump’s more fervent support. But Palestinians are outraged, and prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal have evaporated.
The long-awaited assault on an enclave for Kurdish militias backed by the United States has raised fears of sparking a new round of hostilities between the various powers with interests in northern Syria, including Russia and the United States.