This Week in the World Affairs Brief:


This week Trump made several important compromises that are disappointing for supporters who hoped for real change in Washington. He allowed budget negotiations to push aside funding for his key campaign promise to “build the wall,” agreed not to pull out of NAFTA, and now VP Pence has agreed to honor Obama’s promise to take refugees off the hands of the Australian PM who doesn’t want them in his country. Trump has failed to stop refugees who continue to pour into the US in record numbers without proper vetting. But the worst compromises came in the budget bill where Trump agreed to support maintaining Obamacare funding of subsidies in order to please Democrats. Democrats had tacitly agreed to back the budget if funding for the physical wall was omitted, and then sensing they could get more demanded the funding of Obamacare subsidies. After two major compromises they are still refusing to back the bill wondering how much more they can extract from Trump. He’s turning out to be an easy mark for compromise. –So much for the “art of the deal.” Above all, the Democrats have delayed any agreement until after his first 100 days passes so the budget deal can’t be added to his small “success list.” To receive a one-time free sample copy of the brief, email us at editor at


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