Republicans in Congress fear President Trump could torpedo their majorities if he doesn’t save his White House from constant crisis and pivot to the issues voters elected him to deal with.
Trump has been besieged by his handling of the firing of James Comey, reports he had previously pressured the FBI director to drop the investigation of national security adviser Mike Flynn, and the discovery that he shared classified information with Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting.
Republicans have grown accustomed to Trump’s tumult, tending to downplay it because the president has weathered past challenges that might have sunk conventional politicians. But this is different, lawmakers and GOP strategists conceded Tuesday, in interviews with the Washington Examiner.
“You have this White House that is lurching from crisis to crisis, the image is of disarray – they can’t get their hands around the basic day-to-day agenda, and define the progress they have made” Republican pollster David Winston said. “One of the things that the president has is the bully pulpit; the bully pulpit lets you drive the agenda and these crises haven’t let the White House effectively get there.”