31/1/17

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Well, here's more evidence that Trump not only believes he doesn't need to work with any other branches of government, but is explicitly trying to avoid involving anyone else (GOP or otherwise) in formulating his policies. Politico has a new article out, "Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump's immigration order":

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-immigration-congress-order-234392

"Senior staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped Donald Trump's top aides draft the executive order curbing immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, but the Republican committee chairman and party leadership were not informed, according to multiple sources involved in the process.
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"The work of the committee aides began during the transition period after the election and before Donald Trump was sworn in. The staffers signed nondisclosure agreements, according to two sources familiar with the matter."

In a nutshell, Trump had House Judiciary Committee aides work on his document, but demanded that they not inform their own bosses of what they were doing. Which is, frankly, a pretty worrisome precedent. Question. Will Trump ever learn that this is not proper behavior? Or will he double-down as usual, and continue to bypass Congressional leadership in future actions? And would that be grounds for his own party throwing him under the bus at some point (like, when the public outcry to his policies starts to get too unbearable and backfires at them), and seek for ways to impeach him and substitute him with the more controllable Pence?

Really, this is weird - at least from a first sight. The logical question is, why wouldn't Trump want to work with a Congress controlled in both houses by Republicans? Why would he instead keep issuing a record number of poorly thought out executive orders, some of which clearly exceed his authority? And why have so few conservative PRSI members disagreed with these excesses? I know, I know, partisan interest trumps (ha!) national interest, but still. Can't these guys see that this is only going to hurt them in the long-term? I mean, the pendulum could swing the other way pretty badly, and pretty quick.

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