Trump year one: better scorecard than predicted

Trump year one: better scorecard than predicted

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Tax bill will give ammunition to respond to disgruntled Republican voters

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President Donald Trump is within reach of his first big legislative victory as the US Congress prepares to pass a tax bill that would allow him to end his first year with a better scorecard than many had predicted.

Republicans appear to have enough votes to pass the tax bill this week despite opposition from Democrats. That would give Mr Trump and the GOP ammunition to respond to Republican voters who were angry that their party had no big legislative wins despite controlling Congress and the White House.

Victory on his tax plan would help Mr Trump to argue that his first year has been a success, even though he has made little progress on other signature campaign issues: he is barely any closer to building a wall on the US-Mexico border; he has failed on a complete repeal of Obamacare; and he has made few gains in trade wrangles with China.


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