Donald Trump is winning converts to his cause at a remarkable rate. Multiple meetings/sit-downs/social gatherings with D.C. lawmakers have those same lawmakers leaving with vastly improved impressions of the new president.
“He was on top of it. He was energetic.”
That description came from Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a critical vote in the upcoming Obamacare reform legislation. It is a common theme for those lawmakers getting to really meet Mr. Trump for the first time, or, for those lawmakers getting to know him better after a tough GOP primary battle.
Such was the case with a dinner President Trump and the First Lady had with former political rival, Senator Ted Cruz and Mrs. Cruz. Senator Cruz will be a valuable source of support among the small but influential conservative faction within the U.S. Senate that also includes Senator Rand Paul. President Trump and Senator Paul have become particularly supportive of one another of late with both men seeming to genuinely admire and respect the other.
It is a kind of presidential outreach that is vastly different from the hands-off legislative approach utilized by former President Obama, who rarely met with lawmakers. Where Trump is increasingly viewed as personable and engaged in the process, Obama remained distant and detached from the work of governing. He was happy to show up for a bill signing ceremony in front of the cameras, or to give prepared speeches on various subjects, but rarely rolled his sleeves up and did the hard work of actual negotiation.
Not so with Mr. Trump who seems even more energized at the prospect of D.C. negotiations. It is a work ethic that the Establishment Media continues to ignore in favor of stories of administration infighting and political conflict. The reality is that the Trump White House, like any transitional phase of a new administration, had some hiccups, but Mr. Trump himself remains focused on the job of Making America Great Again, and is putting in an astonishing amount of time working toward that end.