Health care, wiretapping claims dominate Trump’s week

Health care, wiretapping claims dominate Trump’s week

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – President Trump finished another busy week in the Oval Office, which included health care reform.

WMBF News' political expert Holley Tankersley, with Coastal Carolina University, said some expect the president to either come out in support of House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan, or come out with another option.

"If you support this, you are breaking a campaign promise, 'Nobody is going to lose coverage. We are going to cover everybody,' President Trump said. On the other hand you further damage this very fragile relationship between the Trump White House and Republicans in congress," Tankersley said.

According to Tankersley, when it comes to health care reform, people first have to see if the bill keeps up this pace.

"Does this continue to move rapidly through the House or do we now see Speaker Ryan slow this process down to address some of the concerns from both the House caucus and the Senate caucus?" she said.

Moving beyond health care, Tankersley was surprised by two subjects President Trump clung tightly to this week. One is his claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped.

"It is increasingly clear that there is very little evidence, in fact no evidence, that President Trump made via Twitter is true," she said.

Tankersley cited an interview in which President Trump said he would release more information to prove it is true in the coming weeks.

Another comment Tankersley hit on was President Trump's views on the revised travel ban.

"President Trump basically said this one was watered down anyway – 'I didn't like it I would prefer the old version' - which of course we all know grew much greater legal challenge than even the revised ban has," she said. "To see him maybe not even taking a step out of that kind of policy position was also interesting."

Tankersley also addressed what was called the skinny budget, which was released Thursday.

"It's basically a realignment of budgetary resources, increased spending on the defense side, and significant decreases on the domestic side," she said.

Tankersley believed the budget lacks the information residents would need in order to understand its impact, such as entitlements like Social Security and Medicaid, and both revenue and economic growth projections.

"It does give us a glimpse of the policy agenda that we will see moving forward," she said. "And it is pretty clear that domestic policy is going to be well out of favor with the Trump administration."

That will eventually bring to light something Tankersley says is inevitable, no matter the administration or the party.

"The moment you start talking about budget cuts or budget increases, you awaken the sleeping giant of special interests," she said. "Every interest group, every advocacy group that has a stake in spending at the federal level is going to start rallying their members, calling their members in Congress, and getting citizens involved in lobbying either for or against those cuts."

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