Trump going his own way is raising GOP's long-term anxiety – New York News

Grand Old Party pooper

President Donald Trump’s dance with the Democrats may not last. But Capitol Hill Republicans aren’t confident he’s going to close ranks with them, either.

They worry that Trump has relinquished his role as leader of the party, choosing to put the interests of his own political movement first, The New York Times reported. That could spell big trouble as the GOP looks to the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump has already shown a willingness to undermine incumbents who cross him.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been meeting with would-be primary challengers willing to side with Trump over establishment Republicans, and his patron — Long Island megadonor Robert Mercer — is prepared to spend millions of dollars to back them, Politico reported.

Republicans fear the intramural warfare could drain funds needed to take on the Democrats in the general elections and even imperil the GOP’s 52-48 Senate majority, the report said.


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