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May162017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Republican legislative agenda?: "G.O.P. Senators Pull Away From Trump, Alarmed at His Volatility" ....

***President Donald Trump, Republican legislative agenda?

* New York Times (Jennifer Steinhauer):  "G.O.P. Senators Pull Away From Trump, Alarmed at His Volatility" - From the NYT:

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, increasingly unnerved by President Trump’s volatility and unpopularity, are starting to show signs of breaking away from him as they try to forge a more traditional Republican agenda and protect their political fortunes.

Several Republicans have openly questioned Mr. Trump’s decision to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and even lawmakers who supported the move have complained privately that it was poorly timed and disruptive to their work. Many were dismayed when Mr. Trump seemed to then warn Mr. Comey not to leak negative information about him.

So far, Republicans have refrained from bucking the president en masse, in part to avoid undermining their intense push to put health care and tax bills on his desk this year. And the Republican leadership, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, remains behind Mr. Trump. But with the White House lurching from crisis to crisis, the president is hampering Republicans’ efforts to fulfill his promises ...................