Washington — A “crisis” is real.
The national debt, the economic slowdown, the threat of a terrorist attack and the potential for a second American war all threaten to derail the Trump administration’s agenda.
The president’s most powerful strategist is right there in the White House, on the campaign trail, in the Oval Office and elsewhere.
He and his staff have made a lot of progress since he took office.
But a crisis looms that may force him to backtrack and make his way back to the political center.
And if he does, he’s going to have to work hard to get it done.
The Washington Post’s Paul Kane explains.
less The Washington, D.C., skyline is reflected in the night sky on June 15, 2021.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Washington, DC — The president is trying to find ways to address a number of urgent issues, but one of the chief issues is a national debt that has grown to nearly $20 trillion.
The United States has the world’s third-highest debt, but its debt burden is a fraction of that.
In other words, the debt load has grown by far less in the last decade than it did in the preceding decade.
That is, the U.S. government has less money in its coffers than it has at any time in American history.
In January 2019, the federal debt stood at a record $20.2 trillion.
It had surpassed $20,000 in August 2019 and exceeded $20 billion in February 2020.
But it now stands at just $16,000.
The Trump administration has tried to tackle this issue by pushing for lower taxes, less regulation and a stronger regulatory state.
But the debt is just one issue in a complicated array of issues facing the Trump presidency.
There are more than 50 federal agencies.
The administration has asked Congress to set up an “executive branch” agency that would oversee federal agencies that have been outsourced to private businesses.
But this proposal faces a big hurdle in Congress.
And there is a long way to go before the executive branch gets its act together.
The Trump administration is also trying to cut spending and reform the tax code.
But there is no consensus on how to do this.
Trump and his advisers have proposed to cut federal spending by more than $3 trillion, to close a $1 trillion tax loophole that allows businesses to defer taxes on profits earned overseas, and to eliminate a $400 billion loophole that lets hedge funds and private-equity funds keep a substantial chunk of their investments in the United States.
But many lawmakers oppose the idea because it would cost too much.
And a growing number of lawmakers say they don’t want to cut the tax burden on middle-class Americans by slashing their taxes, either.
Meanwhile, a slew of regulatory proposals, such as Trump’s proposed changes to the Environmental Protection Agency, have been blocked in the Senate.
Trump and his administration have proposed other cuts, such the elimination of the National Labor Relations Board and the Environmental Quality Reporting Act, both of which are vital to the workings of the federal government.
As a result, many lawmakers have begun to doubt whether Trump can get his agenda done in his first 100 days in office.
And there is another big obstacle to the Trump agenda: the Senate’s failure to pass a $2 trillion spending package that includes infrastructure spending.
The House and Senate are expected to reach agreement on a spending bill sometime in March, but it’s unlikely to be done until at least April or May, depending on how many votes are needed.
On the campaign, Trump pledged to end the deficit by the end of his first year in office, which would give him the opportunity to put a lot more money in the pockets of Americans.
And on the issue of trade, Trump has made trade an important issue of his presidency.
But his trade policies have been so weak and his efforts so limited that many believe they will only exacerbate the deficit.
One of the most visible signs of Trump’s weakness is his unwillingness to accept the results of the election.
In March, Trump promised to repeal the ACA and replace it with a “new deal” that would cut taxes and increase spending on social programs.
But Trump’s aides have not shown much appetite to follow through.
Since taking office, Trump and Senate Republicans have refused to provide the White Trump Tower in Washington with any of the new spending that the Senate originally wanted to pass.
In June, Trump told reporters that the House of Representatives would be able to pass the bill.
But as of late June, the House had not even gotten the bill out of committee, so it was unclear what would happen to it.
Even the Trump White House has said that the president does not believe the American people voted for him.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president believes the election was “rigged” and that the election results were not legitimate.
What can the Trump team do to get things done? The