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Trump rages as fresh signs of his weakness emerge

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15.03.2019

There is probably no better way to demonstrate one’s manly strength and control than firing off a tweet in capital letters. So it is that when a dozen GOP Senators defied President Trump’s orders and voted to terminate his declaration of a national emergency, his powerful Twitter thumbs sprang into action: “VETO!”

The thrilling message to his supporters: Trump’s got this. He’s totally in command of the situation.

But we are now learning new details about just how personally involved Trump was in trying to prevent defections among GOP Senators. It turns out Trump aggressively sought to make this vote all about himself -- frequently warning that he would unleash the cultlike wrath of his voters if they didn’t do his bidding -- and raged as that effort failed.

What makes this so odd is that even though the Senate and House have now voted to terminate Trump’s national emergency, he actually can veto the measure, and his emergency will proceed. So why the histrionics? One possible answer is that for Trump, even this interim loss represented an unacceptable display of weakness -- with ominous portents for the future.

Let’s start with this remarkable Post report from Seung Min Kim and Josh Dawsey:

In numerous calls with Republican senators in recent days, the president spoke of the battle almost exclusively in personal terms — telling them they would be voting against him while brushing aside constitutional concerns over his attempt to reroute billions of........

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