President Trump will be traveling abroad for nine days. Hold your breath, America, because each day is one of many risks that he will blunder.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress are concerned too. The story today is that while Congress would normally hunker down to get work done while the President travels, now, they will be on pins and needles.
Truly, moderate Republicans could help save the legislative branch by working with Democrats. That combination can produce sufficient votes when the bills represent a product of collaboration and consensus. Set aside the right-wing agenda because that pig won't fly.
"The chaos, the incompetence, the confrontation and the conflicts of interest have been manifested almost daily in the Trump White House. And it is dangerous," says Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House Minority Whip. "It has got to be extraordinarily disconcerting to our allies and extraordinarily disconcerting to the American people."
Republicans are less harsh with their words, but perhaps more frustrated at the distractions of a president and White House that are, inadvertently or not, attention-grabbers.
"They need to move to organize themselves in a very different way, and hopefully they will," says Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "It's hard to make things happen here, really hard. You've got all kinds of forces working against you. Unless everybody's aligned, everybody throughout the White House and the cabinet, it's almost impossible. I think they're all very aware of that and hopefully, they're going to move to address it."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has lamented the "drama" emanating from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a sentiment echoed by other GOP lawmakers."
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