Will GOP Divisions Thwart Trump's Agenda?

Several months ago, U.S. Republicans thought they made it. They not only clinched the White House in a victory that shocked the world, but also took control of both houses of Congress.

Most thought they would be on easy street, and could pass a slew of legislations, but the last few months have proved them wrong.

Deep divisions with his own party have prevented President Donald Trump from passing any major bills, even after eight months on the job. While Democrats are united in their opposition to Trump, Republicans are split among several factions.

While analysts say the animosity is likely to continue, the question is whether those divisions will stunt Trump's presidency for the next four years.

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua that the spats between Trump and the GOP "could very well continue, but it's easier for Trump to get tax reform through than it is with Obamacare."

"Trump is unpredictable. He may start cutting deals with Democrats to fire up the folks in Washington, but he knows he needs to get some sort of tax reform through before the Midterms," O'Connell said, referring to the 2018 congressional elections.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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