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WashPost: Trump's Temper Nearing 'Pressure Cooker Territory'

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Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 09:07 AM

President Donald Trump has shown flashes of fury in recent days that aides worry, if not contained, could impact his legislative agenda, the Washington Post reported Monday night.

The frustrations that've triggered the outbursts include his relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a caustic Twitter fight with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Sunday.

"I think we are in pressure cooker territory," one unnamed source told the Post, warning that the president's temper might be near the blowing point.

According to the Post, Vice President Mike Pence's office fired off an unsolicited email to reporters Monday, addressing "criticisms of the president," and decrying "empty rhetoric and baseless attacks" against Trump while touting his handling of global threats, from ISIS to North Korea.

"That's what American leadership on the world stage looks like and no amount of criticism at home can diminish those results," the statement concluded.

But the feud with Corker has some of the president's allies worried, according to the Post.

"We have been watching the slow-motion breakup of the Republican Party, and Trump is doing what he can to speed it up," Patrick Caddell, a veteran pollster who worked with former chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

"Trump is firmly placing himself on the outside, trying to become an almost independent president," Caddell said. "He knows that many people will be with him, that he helps himself when he's not seen as the Republican president. But what about his program? That's the question — and possibly the cost of what he's doing."

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, who is a friend of the president, told the Post the president "never never truly severs relationships."

"There is always a dialogue" Ruddy told the Post. "And with Corker, this isn't a total endpoint. Trump sees relationships as negotiations, and that's what they're in."

Yet there's also concern that the president's support from his base is not enough to help his legislative agenda in Washington, the Post reported.

"Donald Trump got elected with minority support from the American electorate, and most of his efforts thus far are focused on energizing and solidifying the 40 percent of Americans who were with him, primarily by attacking the 60 percent who were not," Republican pollster Whit Ayres said.

"That is great for his supporters, but it makes it very difficult to accomplish anything in a democracy."

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