Republican unease with President Trump is building, and if it snowballs, the White House could suffer significant political damage.
Asked about the mood among conservatives, GOP strategist Rick Tyler replied with a single word: “Fatigue.”
The pattern of negative headlines continued late Tuesday afternoon, when The New York Times reported that Trump earlier this year asked then-FBI Director James Comey, whom he would later fire, to shut down the bureau’s investigation into the president’s ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
“I hope you can let this go,” Trump allegedly told Comey. The White House quickly pushed back at The New York Times account.
That report came on the heels of 24 hours of intense controversy over a Washington Post story asserting that Trump had revealed highly classified information to Russian officials.
In politics, the key is to keep your party in line during turbulent times. Attracting criticism from the other side of the aisle is always expected, but taking heat from your own party can be debilitating. (The Hill)