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Republicans Worried About Trump Presidency

| by Michael Allen

Some Republicans are worried about President Donald Trump in light of the controversial issues swirling around his administration, most immediately the multiple investigations into his campaign's alleged ties to the Russian government during the 2016 election.

An unidentified veteran political analyst told business leaders during a meeting on June 9 in New York City that Trump had lost control, notes Axios: "Simply put, Trump has lost control of his presidency. He still has all the power of the office, but for someone who spent a portion of his life in real estate litigation, he shows once again he has not learned the first rule of legal combat: It is often better to say nothing and do nothing."

An unnamed Republican analyst also offered Axios a dour view of Trump's fortunes: "Another week, and no progress on the GOP agenda. Infrastructure Week turned into Comey Week. No one really knows Trump and came to D.C. with him. He is a president on an island, all alone."

Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana appeared to distance himself from Trump during a recent interview with The Atlantic:

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I don’t work for the president. Where were we, [Banks’s district director, Paul Lagemann], last week, when I was lambasted on that subject of whether or not I was going to blindly follow the president?

Lagemann told Banks they'd been at the Allen County Republican Party meeting.

Banks added that he planned to be around long after Trump:

I’m trying to navigate it. I’m trying to figure out how to navigate that tightrope. I’m choosing to approach my job by maintaining my independence, and maybe I’ll be defeated for doing so. But I also look into the future -- I’m 37 years old, and I intend to be around in the post-Trump era, to continue to be a player in the conservative movement.

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Banks described Washington D.C. as a "frenzy":

I have a sense that much of the frenzy is brought about by those who are trying to disrupt an agenda that I largely support. But much of it, as well, is brought about by unnecessary distractions created by the administration. It’s that frenzy environment that Republicans, at this point, are failing to look past so that we can get back on track and address the big issues.

Additionally, Banks called the Russia-Trump investigations and Trump's firing of former FBI director, James Comey, "troubling":

I don’t know where it leads. They have to lead somewhere, to a conclusion, and once there is a conclusion -- the FBI investigation, the congressional investigations -- then members of Congress like myself can make better judgments about where to go from here.

Banks also recalled an awkward moment with Trump in the White House:

When I met the president for the first time in the Oval Office, I had to get the obligatory photo behind the desk, and I asked if the vice president could be in the picture too. The president asked me: "Did Bobby Knight or Mike Pence do me more good in Indiana?" I said: "Definitely Bobby Knight." I don’t know if Pence appreciated that. But the president looked at him and said: "See, I knew it!"

Sources: AxiosThe Atlantic / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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