After AHCA Debacle, What's Next for Trump?
Tax reform and continued work on the travel ban loom
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2017 1:19 PM CDT
Presiden Trump pauses during a Friday announcement on the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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With the failed American Health Care Act now in his rear-view mirror, here are are three areas where President Trump could turn his attention next:

  • Tax reform. Trump and Paul Ryan have said their next priority will be tax reform, though it may be just as difficult for Republicans to reach agreement on that issue as it was on healthcare, CNBC reports. Politico reports the GOP had been counting on an ObamaCare repeal to fund their tax plans, and they may now have to settle for tax cuts instead of sweeping reforms to the tax code. Ryan admitted Friday that the healthcare failure made tax reform more difficult, but not impossible.

  • Healthcare. Trump now says he will let ObamaCare "explode" before tackling healthcare again. "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!" Trump tweeted Saturday. The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration has choices to make it the coming months that could either reshape the law or undermine it.
  • Travel ban. The lawsuits are ongoing: The AP reports that the Trump administration scored a victory on Friday when a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil rights group that sued to block his latest travel ban. The judge told the the Council on American-Islamic Relations that the ban is within the limits of Trump's authority. Trump's executive order has already been blocked by judges in Hawaii and Maryland. The administration is appealing those decisions.

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