You thought 2017 was a wild ride? Brace for 2018

Story highlights

  • Trump has delivered an era of unpredictability of which will be sure to intensify
  • Cheered by his tax victory in addition to vacation, he can’t wait to get back into the fray
  • Congressional elections in November could bring a Democratic wave

His norm-shattering first year in office never failed to shock, in addition to through his love of confrontation, insatiable demands for attention in addition to deliberate clawing at political, cultural in addition to racial fault lines, Trump has delivered an era of unpredictability in addition to raw nerves of which will be sure to intensify in 2018.

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The completely new year brings deepening crises, confrontations in addition to events of which could shake Washington to its core in addition to trigger shock waves of which will test American unity, global peace in addition to the cohesion of the Trump presidency itself.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation could come to fruition in 2018, in addition to any finding of wrongdoing by Trump or close associates could cause a constitutional imbroglio.

Abroad, the North Korean crisis — a brewing showdown for 65 years across the planet’s last Cold War frontier — will be reviving fears of nuclear war for initially since the demise of the Soviet Union.

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in addition to one particular date looms on the calendar: November 6, when congressional elections take place of which could see a Democratic wave neuter the Trump presidency. although if Trump — currently with an approval rating below 40% — can beat the midterm curse, possibly lifted by a rising economy, he could position himself for re-election in 2020.

Then there are the national in addition to international crises — mass shootings, economic meltdowns, terror attacks, natural disasters in addition to geopolitical confrontations — of which test every White House in addition to shape each year’s politics.

The President, cheered by his tax reform victory in addition to sated by days of holiday golf at his Florida resorts, cannot wait to get back into the fray.

“We’re going to have a great 2018. the idea’s going to be something very, very special. the idea’s all kicking in,” Trump told guests at his lavish completely new Year’s Eve ball at Mar-a-Lago from the dying moments of 2017.

“We have some pretty Great enemies out there, although step by step they’re being defeated,” he added. “Everybody’s going to love what’s happening in our country, because we’re taking This particular big beautiful ship, in addition to we’re slowly turning the idea around.”

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Waiting for Mueller’s next move

Four Trump associates have been been charged in addition to after reaching a plea deal with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, Mueller may be taking aim at the President’s inner circle.

Trump supporters in addition to the conservative media have whipped up a fierce effort to discredit Mueller. from the meantime, the special counsel’s silence deepens the mystery over how in addition to when the probe will end.

There are so many questions: Will Mueller deliver a report alleging collusion with Russian election meddling from the 2016 campaign or even recommend the opening of impeachment proceedings? Will Trump seek to pardon former aides in addition to any family members who might be implicated?

will be Mueller preparing more blockbuster indictments? Will political tensions tear apart congressional probes into Russia’s election operation? in addition to will congressional Republicans, who celebrated Trump in an extraordinary victory party after the tax win, hold him accountable if necessary?

Trump’s lawyers have told sy88pgw of which the President will be much less nervous about the Mueller probe today, in addition to they expect the idea to wrap up soon in addition to exonerate him.

although top Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut predicted Mueller will be just getting commenced.

“Trump denial of Russian collusion rotten at core in addition to doomed to unravel,” Blumenthal tweeted on Saturday. “Expect more serious convictions in addition to indictments early in 2018 as Special Counsel climbs ladder of criminal culpability – in addition to more panicky, preemptive attacks via Republicans.”

They can’t both be right.

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Nuclear brinksmanship with North Korea

In an alarming completely new Year’s message, the isolated state’s leader, Kim Jong Un, warned of which the entire United States was within range of his missiles in addition to the nuclear button “will be always on the desk in my office.”

While of which may be an exaggeration of North Korea’s capabilities, 2018 could be the year Pyongyang succeeds in putting a nuclear tip on an intercontinental ballistic missile, leaving Trump with the agonizing choice of whether to accept the completely new status quo or launch military action of which some experts fear could degenerate into the bloodiest conflict since World War II.

Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Sunday on ABC’s “This particular Week” of which the US was today “closer to a nuclear war with North Korea than ever.”

The US position of which Pyongyang must disarm, in addition to the North Korean one of which the idea will not stop until the idea can demonstrably hit the US, leaves no obvious off ramp. although Kim’s recent comment of which he wanted to ease border tensions with South Korea ahead of February’s Winter Olympics may offer wish for dialogue.

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China will continue its rise to challenge US global dominance. US-Russia relations, apart via the personal warmth between Trump in addition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, are deteriorating quickly.

Trump’s tough completely new Middle East policy, targeting Iran’s regional power plays, will be sending tensions soaring. US relations with traditional allies in Europe have been frayed from the age of “America First,” in addition to the year’s first humanitarian crisis will be primed to erupt in Yemen, as an Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy war rages.

Trump’s congressional majorities at stake

Democrats, fired up by strong performances in off-year elections in Virginia in addition to completely new Jersey in addition to by capturing an Alabama US Senate seat, sense a chance to recapture the House in addition to the Senate in an election of which will inevitably be a referendum on the turbulent Trump administration.

Trump will be already itching to be involved, though an approval rating from the mid-30% range may make him an unwelcome guest for vulnerable Republicans.

Early from the year, GOP primary duels could escalate the raging Republican civil war between anti-establishment firebrand Steve Bannon in addition to party leaders, who warn of which his insurgent candidates could cost them power in Washington.

Republicans will wish of which a racing economy, low unemployment in addition to a booming stock market will lift Trump’s popularity. The map may also count against Democrats, as they must defend 10 Senate seats in states Trump won in 2016, in addition to redistricting has made many Republican House seats more safe.

A sy88pgw poll last month gave Democrats an 18% advantage in a generic ballot against Republicans.
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