Every President is surprised, at the beginning of his term, at how difficult it is to move legislation through Congress, but Donald Trump seems not to have known even the most rudimentary facts about the legislative system before assuming office. He claimed in February that “nobody knew” that health-care reform “could be so complicated.” Last month, Trump and his aides seemed surprised that the Freedom Caucus, a group of some forty right-wing House Republicans, defeated the first Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, despite the fact that the Freedom Caucus has played a starring role in every congressional battle for the past several years, regularly torpedoing the plans of Republican leaders. And Trump seems to have been only dimly aware of the Senate filibuster, which can only be broken with sixty votes.
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