The Washington Post reports:
US President Donald Trump prepared for a pivotal meeting with congressional leaders by huddling with his senior team – his chief of staff, his legislative director and the heads of Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget – to game out how to fund the government, raise the debt ceiling and provide Hurricane Harvey relief.
But one option they never considered was the one the president ultimately chose: cutting a deal with Democratic lawmakers, to the shock and ire of his own Republican Party.
I think there is a decent chance Trump will stand at the next election as an Independent or on his own ticket – the MAGA Party. He’ll try and do a Macron and get his supporters elected to the House and Senate.
The downside for him is that when he leaves the GOP, they won’t feel the need to rein in the investigations of him.