Donald Trump’s first year in office ends with legislative triumph and the befuddlement of his enemies.
For the first year of the Trump Presidency it is worth remembering that how you begin doesn’t matter as much as how you end. With the tax cut, the repeal of the individual mandate, and the opening of Arctic oil drilling, Donald Trump has finished strong. This is in addition to the quieter victories of appointing Federal judges.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Year for Trump and GOP Lawmakers: Rocky Start, Smooth Finish.”
President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress, who opened their first year in full control of Washington on rocky terms, are closing it with a flush of late legislative achievements: a sweeping tax overhaul, a long-sought repeal of a pillar of the Affordable Care Act and a surprise deal to open up Arctic drilling.
After the high-profile collapse of a health-care bill to replace Obama care, the tax legislation itself is a victory that changes the narrative of the first year, some observers said.
“To be viewed as an effective president, you have to be viewed as winning on Capitol Hill, and this ends the year on an up note for him,” said Ken Duberstein, former chief of staff for Republican President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Trump and Congress will add their 11th-hour achievements to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and other conservative judges to federal courts and the rollback of Obama-era regulations through the Congressional Review Act, which until now had been frequently cited by supporters of the administration.
The White House, after court fights, also managed to get a modified version of Mr. Trump’s travel ban in place, and the president has been able to implement a more vigorous process for vetting people before they enter the U.S. He has withdrawn the U.S. from an Asia trade deal, and is in the process of renegotiating a similar pact with Mexico and Canada, fulfilling two other campaign promises.
And the Mueller investigation has lost clout!
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