Why a Trump-Pence White House might not be the best fit for the world
Axios — The president-elect Donald Trump and vice president-delegate Mike Pence could face some serious challenges if they are able to craft a major agenda during their first 100 days in office.
The two men have struggled to put together a coherent agenda for what the president-in-waiting promised to do during his first year in office, including repealing the Affordable Care Act, defunding Planned Parenthood and overhauling the tax code.
While the president campaigned on repealing the ACA, he didn’t seem to be able to get a single vote in Congress for the Republican tax plan, which was proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The White House is also in talks with Democrats about a budget resolution to fund the government, but Trump has repeatedly called for a new government shutdown and promised to cut taxes.
If a major legislative deal is not reached, Trump will be faced with a very difficult path to pass a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
While the infrastructure plan is being negotiated by House and Senate Republicans, Trump is not in a position to negotiate with Democrats, so he may face significant resistance from Democrats in the House and a significant backlash in the Senate.
The Republican-controlled House will have to be willing to fund some infrastructure spending to help with a government shutdown, but the White House has said that will not be an issue in the short term.
With the debt ceiling set to be reached, many Democrats are calling on Trump to make a major deal to avoid the crisis.
If Trump and Pence can’t come to a deal, the Democrats will be forced to resort to an option that has been seen as a political disaster.
If the debt limit isn’t raised in time, the economy could be in a fiscal crisis and the U.S. will have a budget crisis.
The president and his party are already facing political repercussions from the shutdown, with Democrats blaming Trump for a shutdown that lasted three weeks and Republicans blaming the president for failing to raise the debt.