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This article, from the Washington Post, elaborates on President Trump’s relationship with Republican senators, in light of a feud he had with Senator Corker over the tax code. The author references Trump’s shaky relationship with Republicans in general, citing specifically the tension Trump has had with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. However, amongst references to Trump’s spat with Republican senators, the article sprinkles in quotes from senators who are eager to hear Trump speak.

Whether President Trump has Republican support is an important question. Conviction in the Senate requires a 2/3 majority. However, I am not convinced that President Trump’s relationship with Republican senators is in fact a bad one overall. His attacks on McConnell make sense, since Trump protrays himself as an establishment busting populist, and McConnell represents the establishment. And his odds of support in the Senate may be improving. Sen. Corker is not seeking reelection, and meanwhile populist candidates are lining up to join the legislature. Therefore, it is far from clear that President Trump is going anywhere anytime soon.

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