New year, new problems?


Look no further than Trump’s early January tweets for insight into what 2018 will bring for politics.

Change, it seems at least in the first part of the year isn’t likely in Washington. In just the first two days of January, Trump sent out a flurry of tweets criticizing the New York Times, calling for Clinton aide Huma Abedin to be jailed and blaming inaction on DACA on immigration.

Salon’s Alyona Minkovski and Andrew O’Hehir were joined on “Salon Talks” by Noah Rothman, associate editor of Commentary Magazine, to discuss 2018’s legislative goals, midterm elections, foreign policy concerns and more.

Starting with Trump and what his first year in office taught the public about what to expect, O’Hehir said, “I hope we’re past the point where so many of our colleagues in the media are gonna talk about how he’s gonna become a normal and responsible President.”

Republicans don’t have a lot of time to get their legislative priorities in with midterm elections this fall, and the pressure to please voters makes many goals politically impossible to fulfill. Entitlement reform, infrastructure spending, immigration and healthcare repeal are on the plate of possibilities. However, Rothman said that infrastructure is a “dead letter” due to the 1.5 trillion dollar tax bill and its addition to the deficit. “They’re gonna give as much lip service to it as they can, but I don’t anticipate that’s gonna pass Congress,” Rothman said of the GOP.

As for midterms, “the President’s party almost always loses seats in the midterm,” O’Hehir added. “It’s a question of how many.” To hear more about the political prospects for 2018, watch the full conversation above.

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