White House Report Card: Ugly week for Trump

This week’s White House report card finds President Trump battered and bruised from injuries he caused himself. “Sad and stupid week,” said grader and pollster John Zogby. And Jed Babbin lists the week’s failures, Obamacare, taxes, Alabama Senate defeat and DACA. “President Trump had a pretty rough week. Congress, as usual, didn’t help,” he said.

John Zogby

John Zogby

Another one of those weeks. Downright ugly.

The president has picked a fight with both the NFL and the NBA. Tell me race has nothing to do with it. His candidate in Alabama got trounced. He is talking war with a mad man in North Korea and it is scaring the hell out of people. He has attacked Mark Zuckerberg, forgetting Mark Twain’s old dictum ‘Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.’

The repeal of Obamacare is dead. DEAD! In the mounting air travel scandal, Tom Price, the ousted secretary of Health and Human Services, was ripping us off and so is his secretary of the Treasury and EPA administrator. And his much touted tax plan is DOA mainly because it appears to add to the debt and enables the wealthy. Whew, I am tired. Sad and stupid week.

Jed Babbin

Jed Babbin

The effort to replace or repair Obamacare died for this year when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to not even hold a vote on the sure-to-fail Graham-Cassidy bill. Mr. Trump seemed to care less about it than earlier attempts, even though it leaves one of his biggest campaign promises unaccomplished.

Mr. Trump and congressional Republican leaders unveiled his tax reform plan. Ballyhooed as true tax reform as well as cuts that would benefit the middle class and businesses, the devil will be in the still-to-be-announced details. One rumored part of the plan would kill the tax deduction for state and local income taxes. That would likely negate any tax cut for the middle class and possibly result in a tax hike.

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