There are definitely warning signs flashing for President Donald Trump’s efforts against immigration and his plans for both the economy and North Korea. These are all central to his 2020 re-election campaign.
The complications on these issues are driving political debate as the administration unveils its budget on Monday.
A much poorer than expected jobs report on Friday has led to concern that the strong economic growth anchor may be slipping away. This has been the strongest argument for a second term.
Trump has often claimed that he is presiding over the “greatest economy in the history of our country.”
Signs that North Korea could be preparing a missile or satellite launch undercut the President’s claims that his efforts with the isolated state has ended its nuclear threat.
And an increase in crossings across the southern border contradict his wider argument that hardline enforcement policies are the best way to manage immigration.
Trump struck back against these perceived weaknesses this weekend.
“Despite the most hostile and corrupt media in the history of American politics, the Trump Administration has accomplished more in its first two years than any other Administration. Judges, biggest Tax & Regulation Cuts, V.A. Choice, Best Economy, Lowest Unemployment & much more!” Trump wrote.
“More people are working today in the United States, 158,000,000, than at any time in our Country’s history. That is a Big Deal!”
The good news for Trump is that the election is 20 months away, and none of the present complications are certain to continue as the election draws closer.
But these issues could threaten his efforts to win back more moderate voters in swing districts who helped Democrats win the midterm elections last year.
Do you think these issues will effect the race in 2020? We look forward to seeing your comments at the end of this article.