‘Full steam ahead’ on Trump agenda

The White House is trying to show it is “full steam ahead” with President Trump’s agenda, but steam emitting ears still often dominate the news.

Washington Times: White House says ‘full steam ahead’ on Trump agenda

Returning from an overseas trip that was both celebrated and controversial, President Trump is plowing “full steam ahead” with his domestic agenda, the White House said Tuesday, brushing aside jibes by foreign leaders and new questions about top aides’ links to Russia.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer looked for momentum from the president’s history-making journey across the Middle East and Europe, hoping to break free of the unyielding news coverage of alleged collusion with Russia and other criticisms that have distracted from Mr. Trump’s accomplishments.

“We’re back at home now, and the president and his Cabinet are moving full steam ahead on the president’s agenda,” Mr. Spicer said at the daily White House press briefing. “We’ve got a pretty bold agenda.”

Little had changed in Washington during Mr. Trump’s nine-day trip, however, and Mr. Spicer again clashed with reporters and accused them of peddling “fake news.”

He insisted the president’s agenda was on track and gaining steam, although he acknowledged some frustrations with the pace of Congress.

Having a bold agenda and making progress can be different things.

Mr. Trump’s plans to replace Obamacare, overhaul the tax code and launch a massive infrastructure program remained bogged down in Congress.

“The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!” tweeted Mr. Trump.

The suggestion that the Senate do away with the filibuster rule, a proposal that would dramatically alter the nature of the chamber, had virtually no support from GOP senators.

What’s more, the two bills Mr. Trump named are, under current rules for certain budget bills, already exempt from filibuster.

Again Trump is contradicting Spicer, or Spicer is contradicting Trump.

He also tweeted about the stalled agenda, which has denied him a major legislative victory after five months in office.

And momentum from Trump’s first overseas trip has not always been in a positive direction.

Mr. Trump repeatedly took to Twitter to vent about news reports focusing on Russia and on comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that were presented as an indictment of the president’s diplomatic skills.

“We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change,” the president tweeted.

There have been mixed reactions to Trump’s visit to Europe.

And it looks increasingly likely that Trump will announce a US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, which will put them at odds with most of the world.

Steaming ahead? Or just steaming?

3 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 1, 2017

    Still might get there. He just needs to keep his head.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 1, 2017

      He couldn’t be any stupider if he was decapitated.

  2. David

     /  June 1, 2017

    The sublime General Mattis…