Cornyn: Trump’s tweets undermine agenda, but gains still made

Updated Jan 02, 2018
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to reporters Tuesday in Austin.

President Donald Trump’s habit of unloading via Twitter tends to undermine his agenda, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday, adding that the president has nonetheless had a “pretty successful” first year in office.

“I think sometimes the president undermines his own effectiveness because of his tweeting, and things like that, that projects uncertainty,” Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters in Austin. “He communicates in an unconventional way for a president, as you might have noticed, and I think that sometimes he steps on his own message.”

Even so, Cornyn pointed to the recent passage of the tax system overhaul, rolled-back regulations, rising consumer confidence, higher stock markets and the confirmation of Trump-appointed judges as victories in 2017.

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