Source: 2018 will see “Full Trump”, establishment guardrails will come off

According to those close to Donald Trump 2018 is going to showcase an unleashed Donald Trump.


If you ask some close to President Trump what worries them most about 2018, it’s not Robert Mueller’s probe. It’s that establishment guardrails of 2017 come down — and Trump’s actual instincts take over.

Next year will bring “full Trump,” said one person who recently talked to the president.

Trump has governed mostly as a conventional conservative — on tax cuts, his Supreme Court pick, and rolling back regulations. Most of his top advisers are fairly conventional conservatives, so that makes sense.

  • Most of those in his current decision-making circle — even if they’re not mainstream Republicans — are defending mainstream Republican principles like free trade and an internationalist view of foreign policy.
  • But top officials paint a different portrait of Trump when it comes to what he really wants on trade, immigration and North Korea — but has been tamped down by skeptical staff and Cabinet officials.

This is a great thing for Donald Trump’s base. The media and establishment Republicans will think Trump going on instincts will lead to the end of his Presidency. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Trump’s instincts have always led him to his best decisions. That will lead him to continue to push an American agenda and not get comfortable.

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