Week in Politics: Divisions within the GOP, Iran nuclear deal gets decertified, NAFTA is being renegotiated and more

Oct 16, 2017

President Trump Presides Over Cabinet Meeting At White House

U.S. President Donald Trump (R), joined by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a meeting with his cabinet at the White House on October 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images


We discuss the latest from last week, the weekend and the biggest stories pending for the days ahead:

  • Division is being sowed in the GOP. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon spoke at the Values Voter Summit in D.C. this Saturday, where he announced “war” on the GOP establishment. Meanwhile, questions about President Trump have dominated the conversation surrounding the Virginia governor’s race. And on the opposite side of the country, Arizona senator and vocal Trump critic Jeff Flake (R) is running for re-election and pushback from Trump is putting a damper on his ratings. We discuss the question posed by the New York Times yesterday: is this a bellwether for other Republicans who cross the president?
  • On Sunday’s “State of the Union,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responds to questions about Trump’s “IQ” barb, as well as diplomatic strategy with North Korea.
  • On Friday, Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal. Now, Congress has 60 days to decide on next steps.
  • Last week, the White House continued undermining the Affordable Care Act, with Trump’s executive order to loosen health insurance requirements, and his announcement that he will stop paying key subsidies to insurance companies next year.   
  • Renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement conclude tomorrow, Tuesday, and it’s looking likely that the deal will fall apart. What does that mean for the U.S.?
  • California Senate leader Kevin de León announced that he will run against incumbent Dianne Feinstein for the U.S. Senate Seat. Does he have a shot and will this move splinter the California democratic party?

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Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies; he is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

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