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Politico: Concerns of Trump's Aides Grow Going Into New Year

Politico: Concerns of Trump's Aides Grow Going Into New Year
Former President George W. Bush press secretary (Ari Fleischer/AP)

By    |   Monday, 01 January 2018 11:03 PM

President Donald Trump's aides are growing antsy concerning a number of issues as the new year begins, including filling positions at the senior level, and figuring out a plan on how to gain momentum following the president's signing of the monumental tax reform bill, Politico reports.

The 2018 midterm elections also loom.

"They absolutely should worry about 2018," Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary to President George W. Bush, told Politico. "I do fear a wave election. Democrats are highly motivated to vote against Trump and all Republicans. Trump has got to grow beyond the base, and he has got to make himself less hated among a group in the middle."

Trump's aides and outside advisers are split on whether the president should tackle welfare reform to appeal to traditional conservative voters, and potentially help Republicans hold the House, or work on his long-promised infrastructure plan to attract Democratic support.

"Infrastructure first," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump ally, told Politico. "I wouldn't touch entitlements. There's zero reason to pick a fight on any of those in an election year."

The Russia probe is also worrying aides, who expect FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to ramp up next year.

"I'm among those who can't conceive of it ending in a matter of a few weeks," a prominent Washington attorney advising one member of the administration said about the probe ending early. "I can't imagine they actually believed it when they said it, though it's hard to imagine lawyers deliberately misleading their client like that."

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President Donald Trump's aides might be quietly fearing a wave election, and if they are not, they should be, according to a Politico report.
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Monday, 01 January 2018 11:03 PM
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