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Some expressed hope the recent shakeup of White House advisers might help Trump get back in control of his message and the GOP agenda.
Still, the blistering and blunt statements from some Republicans have marked a new phase.
But Davis said Trump is also part of the reason not much progress has been made.'To his discredit, he's been maddeningly inconsistent in advancing those policies, which is part of the reason so little has been accomplished in our nation's capital these past six months,' Davis said.
Mike Murphy, a veteran Republican strategist who most recently tried to help Jeb Bush win the 2016 GOP presidential primary, said the early optimism some Republicans felt about their ability to leverage Trump's presidency has all but evaporated in the days following the Charlottesville protests.'Most party regulars have gone from an initial feeling of guarded optimism that Trump would be able to stumble along while Mitch (Mc Connell) and (Paul) Ryan do the big lifting and pass our Republican agenda to a current feeling of deep frustration and despair,' Murphy said.
In interviews with Associated Press reporters across nine states, 25 Republican politicians, party officials, advisers and donors expressed worries about whether Trump has the self-discipline and capability to govern successfully.
Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader from Virginia, said Republicans signaled this week that Trump's handling of the Charlottesville protests was 'beyond just a distraction.'It was a turning point in terms of Republicans being able to say, we're not even going to get close to that,' Cantor said.
It's a performance of incredible subtlety that may leave you speechless and in complete awe.
Trump has survived criticism from establishment Republicans before, most notably when GOP lawmakers across the country distanced themselves from him in the final weeks of the campaign following the release of a video in which the former reality television star is heard making predatory sexual comments about women.Business leaders have bolted from White House councils, wary of being associated with the president.Military leaders distanced themselves from Trump's assertion that 'both sides' - the white supremacists and the counter-protesters - were to blame for the violence that left one protester dead.Many of those same lawmakers ultimately voted for Trump and rallied around his presidency after his stunning victory.GOP efforts to align with Trump have largely been driven by political realities.