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The Skilled Leadership of Donald J. Trump


It’s this kind of policy command that will allow Trump  to get the bill over the hump:

Until Tuesday’s meeting at the White House, Mr. Trump had spoken with only a few members of the Senate, according to an administration official. The pace was nothing like the dozens of calls he made to help pass the House’s health bill, aides said.

A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy, according to an aide who received a detailed readout of the exchange.

Mr. Trump said he planned to tackle tax reform later, ignoring the repeal’s tax implications, the staff member added.

It’s pretty clear that Trump knows essentially nothing about the content of this legislation. If presidential leadership was as central to policymaking as a lot of people think the bill would be dead. It isn’t; this isn’t a major liability, but it doesn’t help them cobble a majority together, either.

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