Trump Postpones Israel Trip After Netanyahu Criticizes Plan to Ban Muslims From US
Donald Trump has announced he will postpone his trip to Israel and meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the leader criticized his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. Meanwhile in an interview with CNN, Trump insisted, “I’m doing good for the Muslims.” And a new survey reveals some of the roots of Trump’s surprising endurance: a shrinking middle class that has become a minority in America.
As much as establishment Republicans have a Trump problem, their candidate problem may be even worse. Trump has both solidified his base of support and hardened the opposition against him, but a fractured field — that has no signs of coalescing — means he’ll remain on top for the foreseeable future. The candidates’ dilemma is as follows: Each believes that if they are the last person standing against Trump they will win the nomination (a fairly safe bet considering Trump’s unfavorables), and the not-Trump field has demonstrated fluidity, so why shouldn’t they just wait it out for a while to see if they can have their moment. This waiting game is all well and good now, but if goes on too long, may drag out the nominating fight for months.
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