US Republicans: A party in fear of Trump

Trade policy shows how big trumps power is in one's own party. Hardly any one dares to disagree with him. If you dare, you risk your career.

US Republicans: A party in fear of Trump
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    Earlier this week, Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee wanted to pull emergency brake. US president Donald Trump had just once again threatened international trading partners to levy duties on imported cars. Corker n introduced an amendment to limit possibility for president to decide on a single-handed duty. The Congress is to be given a veto in cases where White House calls for national security when it decides on customs duties – as in case of steel and aluminium. However, party leader of Republicans around Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan wanted to avoid an open confrontation with Trump. She refused to vote on paper. The party was simply afraid of angering "bear" in White House, n Corker scolded Senate.

    The president himself was apparently unimpressed with uprising. At end of week, Trump resigned and announced duties on Chinese goods worth 50 billion US dollars. On Monday he threatened with charges on goods worth anor 200 billion dollars, should Beijing go for counter-strike. In fact, Republicans have been free trade party for decades--now y're idly watching, as Trump introduces one inch at a time. That shows how much influence Trump has on deputies. The Republican change by president has never been so obvious as it is now, writes New York Times. The party became champion of protectionism under Trump.

    Apart from public, frustration is evident. Many Republicans argue that president is taking opportunity to enact customs duties under national security in order to circumvent Congress, wrote news page The Daily Beast this week under heading "The Republicans barking in face Of Trump's trade policy, but y're not snapping. " In party, one is "simply unnerved" about fact that one must argue with his own president about trade policy, even though issue has united Republicans for decades. "I bet that at least 95 percent of people on my side actually agree with my amendment," said Senator Corker. The Senate disobeys its duty to oversee.

    What topics are worth using Trump to create?

    For many, reluctance is above all fear of putting an open revolt against president in jeopardy for his own political future. Before November congressional elections, Conservatives would think carefully about issues that would be worthy of being involved in a battle with Trump, says Steffen Schmidt, political scientist at Iowa State University.

    Even though president's nationwide poll values are still below those of his predecessors with a good 40 percent, Trump, with an approval of over 80 percent, now enjoys a popularity like no or president, with exception of George W. Bush after attacks on World Trade Center. In face of this support, Trump is able to manage almost at his own discretion, says political scientist Schmidt.

    Now President flirting with additional duties of 25 per cent on car imports – although many of foreign manufacturers have long since owned factories in USA. At grassroots, opinion has changed towards Trump: According to a poll by Pew Research Center, Republicans ' voters are now more likely to be against free trade and to introduce tariffs than Democrats. It used to be or way around.

    Updated Date: 22 June 2018, 12:02

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