You should make a habit of reading Mike Allen at Axios. If you haven’t heard of him, Allen wrote the must-read “Playbook” column at POLITICO before co-founding Axios. He was once called “the man the White House wakes up to.” Here’s part of today’s newsletter:
Trump’s 7 months of self-destruction:
President Trump, with at least two years of full Republican control of government at the national and state levels, has systematically damaged or destroyed his relationship with — well, almost every group or individual essential to success.
This has left him on an island inhabited by a shrinking band of true-believer voters, who can help win an election, but can do nothing to help him exploit the power he’s wasting:
Yesterday’s mass exodus of CEOs from his outside business councils was an unusually abrupt sign of the 210 days of rot and erosion in his support.
A vivid demonstration of the sudden abandonment of Trump, via CNN’s Brian Stelter: Shep Smith said he couldn’t get a single Republican to go on Fox News to defend Trump. On MSNBC, Chuck Todd said he “invited every single Republican senator on this program tonight, all 52,” plus a dozen House GOPers. None would do it. On CNN, Kate Bolduan said bookers called 55 Republicans, and only one said yes.
Why it matters: Trump’s undisciplined and incendiary style has left the most powerful man in the world with few friends — not one in the United States Senate, for instance.
Trump started with a pretty clean slate but has methodically alienated:
The public: Gallup has his approval at 34%, down from 46% just after the inauguration.
Republican congressional leaders — Senate Majority Mitch McConnell in particular.
Every Democrat who could help him do a deal.
The intelligence community.
His own staff.
And who’s happy?
Be smart: The presidency is a lonely job. But Trump is unusually isolated because he thinks he needs no one besides himself. As one of his most ardent defenders told me: “He’s just not as good as he thinks he is. And no one can tell him.”
King Felipe VI during his audience with the winners of the 2017 Iberdrola Scholarships at the Zarzuela Palace. He also held audiences with the participants of the 19th edition of the Hispanic Leaders Program of the United States, and with the Board of the Toledo International Center for Peace (CITpax). (12 of December 2017)