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For Trump, Morning in America never seems to dawn

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How can it be Morning in America when the president keeps acting like it’s midnight in Hades?

The economic news is impressive: the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 and 3.2 percent economic growth in the first quarter. For President Trump, it raises the possibility of running an upbeat, Morning in America-style reelection campaign, like Ronald Reagan did in 1984.

Except for one thing: Trump is congenitally unable to keep it sunny, or to stay on any message. Attempts at accentuating the positive invariably devolve into his usual recitation of grievance and gloom.

Take Thursday’s announcement that he was rolling out new plans to cut health-care prices. With lawmakers assembled in the Roosevelt Room, he spoke of a “bold, new initiative,” “very special,” an “incredible success.” He boasted (falsely) that “drug prices saw their first decline in 46 years,” and said he was protecting patients, bringing transparency, holding insurance companies accountable, working on a “great health-care bill” and getting bipartisan support.

“Going to be fantastic,” he said.

Then he took questions. And, suddenly, chaos and complaint took over.

North Korean missile tests were bad news and meant they aren’t “ready to negotiate.” China tried to “renegotiate the deal. We can’t have that.” The Mueller report was produced by “17 or 18 very angry Democrats who........

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