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Kristol: Trump's First 10 Days Have Been 'Pretty Bad, Undisciplined'

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Feb 2017 06:14 PM

Bill Kristol, editor at large at The Weekly Standard and ABC News contributor, said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's first 10 days in office have been "pretty bad" and "undisciplined" but that his Supreme Court pick was a good one.

He's "putting out executive orders without clearing it with relevant Cabinet agencies and secretaries, (he's) getting obsessed with crowd size and then with the 3 million missing voters and what he did or didn't say," Kristol said on Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show."

Then there was the "ban on certain immigrants," said Kristol.

"I mean he's just got to get beyond this and be serious about governing but I don't think he's going to and therefore I don't think he's going to end up governing very successfully."

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Trump's court appointment of Neil Gorsuch gave voters who picked him some sort of justification, though, said Kristol.

"I'm happy to take the good court appointments and I always thought that was strongest cases for voting for Trump and I'm perfectly willing to say that the people who did vote for Trump that it's great that he came through on this appointment," he said.

On tax cuts and Obamacare, Kristol told Malzberg that he was "hopeful but not overly confident" that it would get done and said it would all come down to how willing Trump is to work with GOP leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Trump campaigned on the promise that he would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and the GOP has already made steps on that front.

"Honestly I'll be wrong about him having a failed presidency if he gets all these things through and if the economy is strong and he runs foreign policy responsibly. I'm worried he doesn't appreciate how complex and delicate this can be. Maybe I'm over doing that and maybe they can kind of bullet through," said Kristol.

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Bill Kristol, editor at large at The Weekly Standard and ABC News contributor, said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's first 10 days in office have been "pretty bad" and "undisciplined" but that his Supreme Court pick was a good one.
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