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Trump Has Pivoted to Scoring Easy Wins

Big-ticket legislation has been hard to deliver, so he is turning to foreign policy.

One of the (many) things that make the Trump presidency so hard to read is that the chapters are all out of order.

Traditionally, during the transition period, presidents-elect are out of the limelight. But while Barack Obama was still in the White House, Donald Trump announced “deals” and appointments that made it seem as if he were already in office, hitting the ground running to Make America Great Again. On the entirely subjective calculus of wins, he probably had more before his inauguration than any president.

Conversely, the first 100 days are supposed to be a time of big domestic legislative achievements. Instead, they’ve looked more like the lame-duck period of a president’s second term.

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