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Report: GOP Senators Pulling Away From Trump

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By    |   Monday, 15 May 2017 07:45 AM

President Donald Trump has been unable to exert control over the Senate as he looks to push through his legislative agenda, Axios reported.

GOP members of the Senate don't particularly need Trump or like him, the website claimed. The Senate is still moving ahead with its probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and GOP members are even writing their own healthcare bill, Axios pointed out.

Some Senate Republicans, who don't care for Trump, just tolerate him, according to the website. But most think he's "blowing it," wrote Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei of Axios.

Many Republican lawmakers believe the White House moves from crisis to crisis — frustrating GOP efforts to help Trump keep his campaign promises, The New York Times reported.

"All the work that goes into getting big things done is hard enough even in the most tranquil of environments in Washington," said Kevin Madden, a Republican operative who had worked for John Boehner when he was the House speaker.

"But distractions like these can become a serious obstacle to aligning the interests of Congress."

And Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, added: "It does seem like we have an upheaval, a crisis almost every day in Washington that changes the subject."

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., noted that Trump's views on the proposed border wall are not popular in his state.

"In Arizona, we grow them independent," Flake said. "I expect people want someone who will say, 'I'm voting with Trump on the good stuff and standing up to him on the not good stuff.'"

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