Last week we noted that Trump’s base was starting to turn on him after the White House seemed flip on several key campaign issues including labeling China a currency manipulator, ousting Yellen as the Fed Chair and taking a hard stance against NATO, among other things. The sudden reversals earned Trump a new nickname in the Twittersphere of “Flipper-in-Chief.”
Of course, Trump attempted to downplay the new moniker by highlighting all of the campaign promises he has ‘kept’ since being in office.
One by one we are keeping our promises – on the border, on energy, on jobs, on regulations. Big changes are happening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2017
But any damage that Trump may have hoped to undo with his tweet last week, was quickly erased over the weekend when John McCain appeared on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd to confirm that he “hopes” Trump has been “sucked in by the Washington establishment.”
Todd: “I want to talk about the overall changes. You’ve said he’s growing in office. There are some that will say, ‘no the Washington establishment sucked him in.'”
McCain: “I hope so [awkward laughter]. On national security, I do believe he has assembled a strong team and I think, very appropriately, he is listening to them.”
Probably not the type of ‘help’ that Trump wants from establishment Republicans…
Fast forward to the 5 minute market for the relevant exchange.