Amid Low Approval Ratings And Republican Infighting, Trump Responds To Catastrophic Flooding In Texas

Amid catastrophic flooding in Houston in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, President Trump’s leadership is on the line as he responds to a major natural disaster in Texas that has already caused billions in damage and resulted in Exxon-Mobil shutting down their oil and gas facilities at Baytown Refinery, the 2nd largest in the U.S., located on the Gulf Coast.

Trump tweeted this morning, “Going to a Cabinet Meeting (tele-conference) at 11:00 A.M. on . Even experts have said they’ve never seen one like this!”

After telling a Phoenix crowd at a campaign style rally last week that he is willing to “shut down the U.S. government” to secure funding for a southern border wall that he previously claimed would be funded by Mexico, and alienating himself even further from establishment Republicans and pardoning a controversial former Arizona sheriff known for enacting racist law enforcement practices, President Trump is now treading water politically speaking as his approval ratings continue to carry water and weigh down the image of the Republican party.

According to the latest Real Clear Politics average of major polls from 8/3 – 8/26, President Trump remains under 40 percent approval with a 38.6 percent approval rating and 55.5 disapproving.

In the wake of his muddled reaction to violence in Charlottesville two weeks ago which drew widespread criticism, President Trump had some caustic retaliatory words last week towards several prominent establishment Republicans, including Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) even though he’ll need their political support in the weeks ahead if he wants to pass his ambitious domestic agenda consisting of reforming healthcare, raising the debt ceiling, funding the U.S. government, and carving out deeper tax cuts alongside new tax reforms.

Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press aired on Sunday, Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich explained that its important to build your coalitions from the middle out and involve Democrats.

“I mean, that is not a dirty word” Gov. Kasich said.

Governor Kasich noted that Republicans still get to call the tune but he also admitted that they can’t do it alone.

“How do you think you’re going to get tax reform if you don’t have both parties involved? It will not happen. Period” Gov. Kasich said.

At a critical time when coalition building and establishing trust is of paramount importance on Capitol Hill, President Trump has shown ambiguity calling out racists parading through the streets of Charlottesville, pardoned  controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio known for his draconian and racist policies in defiance of a federal court order, and trash talked Republicans in his own party last week while placating the political demands of his populist base in conservative hotspots like Arizona.

President Trump will soon have to decide how he wants to respond to NAFTA when he meets with leaders from the North American free trade agreement beginning on September 1st.

He described NAFTA on Sunday as “the worst trade deal ever made” and admitted to being in the renegotiation process with Mexico and Canada while inserting a less decisive question mark at the end of his tweet, “Both being very difficult, may have to terminate?”

Trump’s full tweet reads, “We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada. Both being very difficult, may have to terminate?”

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John Schweitzer


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