Will President Trump shift to the left?

In reality, Donald Trump did not run for President on a Democrat or Republican agenda. President Trump is not a conservative or liberal.

Trump has a long history of walking the middle of the road politically, with a slight left or right turn every now and then.

Tom Brokaw, Joy Ann Reid, Hugh Hewitt, and Eliana Johnson join NBC's Chuck Todd to discuss whether or not President Trump will shift to the left with part of his political agenda.


CHUCK TODD: It's interesting to me, his instinct is to want to work with Democrats. There is an excerpt, a great, Robert Draper -- just a piece on Trump and he wrote this based on an interview he did. "In fact, Trump seemed much less animated by the subject of budget cuts than the subject of spending increases." This is Trump, "'We're also going to prime the pump,' he said... 'In other words:Spend money to make a lot more money in the future. And that'll happen.'"

And as Draper wrote, "A clearer elucidation of Keynesian liberalism could not have been delivered by Obama."

Hugh Hewitt, is that your party now? I think he is done with the right wing--

HUGH HEWITT: He is done with the right wing. If you buy five stocks, and one of them is the Supreme Court, that went up 400 percent this week. One is health care, it bankrupted. You still have the military and you still have the tax bill and you have the infrastructure. He is going to bank on the other four going up. The Supreme Court went with-- I think you have the 2020 Democratic nominee here in Mark Warner, and I have said that for a very long time--

CHUCK TODD: Well, you can't be the Democratic nominee and not support a filibuster.

HUGH HEWITT: That's why he's running for president. And he's going to go with Chuck Schumer. And the Reed Rule's going to break the filibuster. And that is great from my perspective.

CHUCK TODD: But Eliana, this, does Donald Trump go to his Democrat instincts now?

ELIANA JOHNSON: I think that's 100 percent true. You're going to see him move to the left. He's wanted to do infrastructure. He wants to do a big push on it. And the thing I found interesting this week is that he went to the Freedom Caucus, and his pitch to them, his means of persuasion, was he singled out Mark Meadows and he told Republicans, "You're going to lose. I'm going to campaign against you."

And people said to me, you know, it wasn't the best means of persuasion. But when he moves to his left, he gets to sell people on things and say, "I'm going to give you things you're really going to like." So I think it's going to be interesting to watch him. I think that's much more the mode he likes to be in. It didn't work for him to recriminate people and pound them over the head. So I think that he's going to be much more effective when he's giving out goodies.


CHUCK TODD: Which, how many Democrats will listen to him if he moves left?

JOY-ANN REID: None that are up in 2018. I mean Democrats right now are the grassroots of the party, which really stepped forward and extinguished this Trumpcare bill. The party is now allowing the grass roots to lead them. But I will tell you, there is only one member of Congress in either body that Donald Trump really actually personally knows. And it's Chuck Schumer. And knows well. And he became a Republican. But if you recall, back in his old Roger Stone days in the '80s, he was railing against Ronald Reagan for being too tough on the Soviet Union.

CHUCK TODD: Right.

JOY-ANN REID: He's a very odd figure without a fixed ideology. And he's also a guy in business who's used to spending other people's money, borrowing it and not paying it back. But his mode is to spend a lot of money. And it's interesting watching most of the Republicans, except the Freedom Caucus, just go along sort of lending with whatever he wants to do to change their ideology.

CHUCK TODD: Well, that's--

ELIANA JOHNSON: Well, I think the open question has been, "Do these fiscal conservatives in Congress go along with an infrastructure bill because they're giving the president leeway, you know, in his first 100 days?"

CHUCK TODD: Right.

ELIANA JOHNSON: We saw in health care that it's not likely. But I think it's because the president didn't know the policy details, and he wasn't able to persuade them. Can he do it on infrastructure? I think it's an open question.

JOY-ANN REID: The Freedom Caucus? And it's going to be tax--

TOM BROKAW: Well, the big thing, Chuck, about this president, and we've known him for a long time in his New York days and now as a campaign, the attention span is about that big.

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