After rocky first month, Trump ends first year with strong finish

After rocky first month, Trump ends first year with strong finish

This is the third installment in a three-part series examining President Donald Trump’s first year in office. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump e

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This is the third installment in a three-part series examining President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump entered the White House determined to change Washington rather than allow Washington to change him.
The road map was simple: insult the Washington establishment, announce hasty policy changes, humiliate the home team, rail against the Russia probe, and never forget to bash the news media.

It produced a rocky first month for Trump that led many in Washington to wonder whether his presidency would survive into 2018, and if it did, whether this unorthodox executive could get things done in hostile territory.

But if Trump’s first month in office was notable for its mixture of chaos and dysfunction, the last month of 2017 showed a constant combatant who had reason to believe that his refusal to back down paid off with passage of a sweeping tax overhaul.

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