Hope for the GOP: Trump and McConnell Unite?

Shevori Gene, Senior Online Editor

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Since the inauguration of President Trump it can be argued that the administration has not achieved much. Not only has the Executive Branch been falling short, so has the Legislative Branch. the In fact both the president and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan have said on separate occasions the the GOP has not been following through on their many, many promises.

Perhaps one of the biggest failures of administration has been its efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, the Obama era healthcare reform. Despite having a Republican president and a Republican controlled House of Representatives and Senate, the administration has failed at countless attempts at any combination of repealing and replacing the ACA. After the GOP’s final attempt to take down the ACA; the Graham-Cassidy bill failed in September after a no vote from republican Sen. John McCain blocked the bill, they decided to put the issue aside for the time being. Once again falling short on their promise. A promise Trump made on his campaign trail whilst running for the presidency, and republicans have been making since the ACA went from bill to law.

Healthcare has never proven to be an easy reform. However it is still very depressing that no major advancements were made in three quarters of a year given the current political makeup of the government. It seems like the disconnect between the president and his party may be to blame.

Unlike the majority of most voters in the United States, it is important to know that the president was not always a registered to the party he currently aligns with. For most of his life, President Trump was a registered Democrat. It is no wonder why the president often criticized the GOP during his bid for the GOP’s nomination. On Monday the president made remarks that failure to make ground on healthcare is the fault of congress and not himself.

The president has been the target of much public outrage. Some republicans have not shied away from showing their discontent with the president. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John McCain, and Rep. Bria Fitzpatrick are only three who have spoken out against the president in some capacity.  People have been anguished by his failure to Condemn racism in Charlottesville, his unsettling comments and leadership in the aftermaths of Hurricane Harvey and Imra, as well as his outlandish comments concerning NFL football players to name a few.

To add to the difficulties the GOP is currently facing, former Trump advisor and White House Chief Strategist,  Steve Bannon now Breitbart Chairman has declared war on the GOP. The Fate the face is uncertain.

With so much baggage behind the president the question of whether or not any major reform will be made that does not come in the form of executive action. With tax reform as the next task on the table for the president and congress, the two seem to be trying to work out some creases. On Monday President Trump and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell meet and hosted a press conference afterwards.The two have had their differences but it seems they have rekindled their relationship. Monday’s events may be what the GOP has so desperately needed. As Trump and McConnell Unite, maybe, just maybe there is hope over the horizon for the GOP.

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