Republicans believe that President Donald Trump is a master salesman who can help them make the case that their recently passed tax cut bill is beneficial to all Americans.
However, as a new report from Axios makes clear, Trump might have other ideas about what to do with his time.
Instead of going on a barnstorming tour of the country to sell tax cuts to the masses, Trump seems more intent on litigating petty feuds and insulting political foes.
“The White House should be making the best use of their ultimate salesman and tool — Donald Trump and the power of the presidency — to sell its tax cuts, low unemployment and surging market,” writes Axios. “Instead, Trump has Fox on the tube, and Twitter by his trigger finger.”
The trouble started when Michael Wolff’s explosive book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” hit bookshelves and quickly sold out. Axios’ sources say Trump is still furious about the book, even though most people inside the White House would like to move on.
Trump also made fresh problems for himself when he called African countries “sh*tholes” — and then had White House officials deny he made those remarks by insisting he only called them “sh*t houses” instead.
“What is the White House about right now?” a source close to Trump asked Axios. “I don’t know.”