Trump Prepares to Clobber DC

How can a new president with so little political experience and such a flimsy grasp of policy issues get his way with the savvy political elites who run Washington? President Donald Trump may face a daunting task keeping his inaugural-address promises to fix everything that’s wrong with America. But anyone wondering how Trump plans to prevail in the political combat that awaits him in his first days in office got the answer in the relatively brief remarks he made after taking the oath of office today. Trump’s speech was a shot fired not only at the outgoing Obama administration and the Democrats but also at conservative Republicans who still hope to shape the policies of the first GOP government in eight years.

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Trump Prepares to Clobber DC

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