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Report: Trump in Full Control With Fewer Checks on His Power

Report: Trump in Full Control With Fewer Checks on His Power
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By    |   Thursday, 28 June 2018 08:10 AM

President Donald Trump may have fewer checks on his authority than any president in his lifetime, Axios is reporting.

"This president is facing fewer checks and balances than any president in recent history except perhaps George W. Bush after 9/11," a source, who had worked by Bush, tells the website.

Republicans, who control Congress, fully support Trump, Axios noted. And the media has lost the trust of most Republicans and many Democrats after repeated attacks by Trump.

Meanwhile, Trump's list of opportunities is growing.

With the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump will be able to soon have in place a conservative Supreme Court.

And his tax cuts are silencing business critics, Axios said.

Trump "has united national security conservatives, social conservatives and economic conservatives," Scott Reed of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told the website

CNN noted that Trump demonstrated his influence with GOP voters in this week's Republican primaries when two candidates he had endorsed won their contests.

His approval rating in a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll stands at 47 percent – an all-time high for the survey. And The Hill noted the approval rating appears to reflect voter satisfaction with the healthy economy and support for Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss told Axios: "If you look at presidential power in terms of checks and balances, Donald Trump may feel as if he is riding high.

"If he manages to get his first choice confirmed, he could soon enjoy a strong conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and he dominates his party in Congress in a way we have rarely seen in modern times."

But Beschloss warned: "Polls show him with high standing among Republican voters. But history suggests that this may not last forever. Trump is under the growing shadow of the (Robert) Mueller probe and other investigations.

"If those inquiries or failure of any of his key policies should undermine his popularity and standing, he may find that Republican senators and members of Congress are no longer so obedient."

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