This CNN reporter is still asking if “there will be a new version of Trump”
Nia-Malika Henderson: "I know we always talk about this”
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From the August 22 edition of CNN's Inside Politics:
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MANU RAJU (HOST): And we discussed this in the last segment, too, about the challenges in balancing this. The president going after them, or attacking the president, staying with the president, deciding this is more of an -- they'll go after him over specific issues, and they’ll be with him behind others. And one reason why, and we discussed this earlier as well, the congressional agenda is intense when they get back in September. They have to deal with raising the debt ceiling, which is a perennial problem for the Republicans. They have to pass a spending bill to keep the government open past September 30. And they want to do big things like tax reform, which is very difficult to accomplish, infrastructure, they have no agreement within their own party or with Democrats, and potentially even a fix on the Obamacare exchange and the individual insurance markets. Do we expect that this feud within the party is going to make it harder for them to get this done?
NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: You imagine so. I mean, I guess the big question for Donald Trump all along is why can't he make friends more easily, right? Not only why is he not going after those Democrats, why didn't he try to bring them into the tent and then maintain some of those relationships? And, I mean, if you talked to Republicans early on, they want this president to succeed, they want to be for him, and they've been disappointed. But they have, I think, typically been with him. We talked about this. Flake even, right? Flake hasn't really done anything to go against this president in terms of policy, right? He was on the president's side in terms of health care. So, I am interested to see whether or not, and I know we always talk about this, whether or not there will be a new version of Trump. But really, will there be a new version of Trump post-Bannon. Whether we had Bannon was in the White House sort of stoking this intraparty fight among the GOP, and we all know that Bannon is anti-establishment, and going forward whether or not there’s sort of a more [Chief of Staff John] Kelly influence and we'll see something different. Whether or not he drops -- what you were talking about before -- stoking these primary challenges.