Donald J. Trump ran AGAINST the Grand Ole’ Parties lawmakers …..
The party fought against him before their voters jumped ship FOR Trump….
Donald Trump is by trade a New York Real Estate guy….
He wasn’t a politican….
THAT fact played well for Trump….
But THAT is STILL a problem for the lawmakers who seem to have capitulated to Trump’s leadership…..
And they are WORRIED….
Trump seems to working hard to make them even MORE Worried….
Trump seems hard pressed to throw things out with a tariff and trade war….
Over the past week, congressional Republicans have gotten a glimpse of the President Trump they hoped to never see.
On gun safety and, more significantly to many of them, trade, the president has loudly broken with longstanding party orthodoxy and reminded Republican leaders on Capitol Hill that they can never be 100 percent certain of what they are going to get with the onetime New York Democrat.
Despite such worries, Mr. Trump’s first-year actions on policy and personnel — particularly judicial nominees — provided substantial reassurance to congressional Republicans. They concluded that Mr. Trump was really one of them when it came to bedrock issues and that the anti-Washington, drain-the-swamp cries from the raucous campaign rallies were only so many applause lines.
In the chaos of the early weeks of his administration, Mr. Trump provoked a sigh of relief from Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, that the president seemed to actually be conservative. “If you look at the steps that have been taken so far, looks good to me,” Mr. McConnell said.
Now here comes Mr. Trump with his sudden proposal to rebuild the country’s steel and aluminum industries through steep tariffs on imports from leading trading partners. Most congressional Republicans fundamentally disagree with that approach, which they consider a backdoor tax that could easily touch off a calamitous trade war, hurt their local businesses and overwhelm any gains from their hard-won, Republican-only tax bill…..