It was not exactly what Republicans and administrative political assistants had in mind when it was announced this weekend, the Mueller probe was over. Many hoped that the investigation could lead to a time of innovative governance, a turning point for a president to be no longer engaged in an invasive investigator.
Exuberant officials and a floating president spent the week encouraging the first results of Mueller's inquiry, as set out in a letter from the lawyer William Barr. In an afternoon session, AIDS in the press secretary Sarah Sander's office for a champagne post, after the lawyer's general secretary, called Emmet Flood in Palm Beach with the president to brief him on the report.
The intimate gathering of White House staff was a sign of the relief that flooded through the west side after the stress of an investigation woven for years is lifted.
But the days that followed Sunday's champagne clipping in Sander's office came as a surprise to several people on the west side, according to interviews with half a dozen officials and Trump employees. There was no Rose Garden celebration ceremony. Trump gave no speech for declaration in the Eastern Room. Instead, he made brief remarks before he climbed the Air Force One and was whipped to Washington.
Victory and revenge
Although the victories of the victory and vows of revenge progressed, it was a sign of confusion in Trump's political goals.
Ultimately, Trump's council did not follow the cabinet members closest to the issue, but by his vengeance adviser – mainly the acting head of staff Mick Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman – who considers the move as a way of forcing Congress to act on health care after revocation and replace efforts failed in 2017.
Health and human secretary Alex Azar and Barr both disagreed with the decision, according to people who are familiar with the issue, albeit for various reasons. Barr argued that the underlying legal argument made by Republican state lawyers in general was deficient and would not be held by the courts.
"In many ways it is dangerous and I believe uneasy play on his side. He can pull it off. He has surprised us before, so we have to give it to him," says David Gergen, CNN's senior political analyst and advisor to four presidents. "It is much like when the presidents win a second term, they can become very arrogant. They can read their power and they make mistakes."
The CEO's own law on law issues had not been given the task of developing a Obamacare remuneration plan, according to a white domestic help, despite the office's final role in curing any plan through Congress. Aides was told trading – not healthcare – was the administration's highest priority in the summer.
But even trading seems to have fallen on the priority list. Although officials once believed Trump's new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico would be the administration's main economic policy victory since the tax reform, it is now also in danger. The plan, which was to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, is facing bipartisan barriers on Capitol Hill and a white house official said there was no strategy to mitigate the legislature's concerns. Trump has argued that the deal would pay for its border, but an administrative official who spoke openly in recent days said it had little chance of going.
Marc Short, HR Director of Vice President Mike Pence, said Wednesday at CNN that "The President will make plans ahead this year" on a health care compensation plan. But a White House official said Thursday that Short "prematurely talked" because adjuncts are still discussing whether the administration will take the lead to make a proposal or request the Congress to enter. In short, who was Trump's main legal connection before going down last year, the administration reunited two weeks ago.