Politico WASHINGTON — Republicans have yet to fully embrace President Donald Trump’s sweeping tax cut, and that is making it difficult for them to win the support of many in their party, according to an analysis of party members’ views of the president’s policies and priorities.
Republicans are struggling to find consensus on a wide range of issues, including health care, tax reform, infrastructure, and immigration.
“The party is in a really difficult place,” said a senior Republican aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal party deliberations.
“Some of the things that they’re trying to get done are getting the Republican Party back in line with their policy priorities, but that hasn’t been enough to get them to coalesce around a coherent policy.”
The Trump administration has been under intense scrutiny over its handling of the opioid crisis, and Republicans are in the midst of an attempt to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.
Many lawmakers and party leaders say they have been unable to agree on how to respond to the epidemic, particularly with regards to health care.
But the aide noted that Trump’s top economic advisers, Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, have been working with the GOP’s congressional leaders on ways to deal with the issue.
The White House has repeatedly tried to deflect criticism over its lack of response, pointing to a “great economic recovery” and “great job creation” as reasons for Republicans to back the president.
But the aides say the administration’s focus on economic policy misses a bigger problem: how to address the country’s most pressing issues.
Trump has repeatedly promised to tackle the opioid epidemic, which has cost tens of thousands of lives, and has been criticized for the way he has responded to the crisis, particularly by Republican lawmakers and his own supporters.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump made a number of inflammatory comments about the epidemic and the opioid addiction crisis.
He has also proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States and repeatedly threatened to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
Republicans, though, have largely been silent on the issue, according the advisers.
As for the party’s priorities, the aides said Republicans have largely stayed out of discussions over health care and immigration, citing a lack of agreement on how those issues would be addressed.
A Republican aide said it was “pretty clear” that the party was still divided on health care issues and the president is the party leader who has been most vocal on the matter.
But Republicans “aren’t united on anything else,” the aide said.
There is broad agreement among Republicans on the need for tax reform and a plan to combat climate change, but the aides stressed that there are still major differences on other policy issues.
For example, the aide added, Republicans have been more in line than Democrats with the idea that Trump should be held accountable for his actions on health and the economy.
GOP leaders have been increasingly divided over the tax cuts, according both to internal party polling and an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
A survey conducted for the Center last month showed that 57 percent of Republicans supported tax cuts for high-income earners, while 44 percent opposed the measure.
But among the party members who participated in the survey, only 23 percent were in favor of tax cuts and 28 percent opposed them.
The survey also found that 60 percent of Republican Party members supported the president when asked about how to tackle climate change.
Republican members who took part in the Tax Policy survey said they are generally in favor the president for his handling of climate change and the budget.
But those who did not participate in the poll, and who did speak on the record to the Center, said the president has done little to address climate change while he has been in office.
Even if Republicans do ultimately coalesce behind a tax plan, the GOP is likely to face an uphill battle to pass it.
While a majority of Americans believe Trump should face consequences for his role in the opioid scandal, they also say they don’t want to see the president punished for taking actions that help the opioid problem.
“We have a president who, for example, can say, ‘I’m sorry, I made a mistake,'” said David Cole, who directs the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
“But they don`t want to go after him personally.”