US President’s advisers are divided about how to capitalize on that victory. This comes after ending their first year on a high, signing a sweeping tax reform bill into law, and maintain momentum going forward with Hill Republicans again at odds over their legislative agenda, Politico reported.
They’re facing a brain drain on a White House that already had trouble recruiting top talent.
Many senior West Wing aides are expected to depart in the coming year, with no replacements lined up.
White House chief of staff John Kelly, who has already fired several presidential aides, wants to push out more, but has struggled to find suitable alternatives.
“They absolutely should worry about 2018,” Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary to President George W. Bush, said.
“I do fear a wave election. Democrats are highly motivated to vote against Trump and all Republicans. Trump has got to grow beyond the base, and he has got to make himself less hated among a group in the middle” he added.
With a diminished margin in the Senate, after Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama, Republicans now hold just a 51-seat majority, White House aides and Republicans in Congress say they have little hope that much if any meaningful legislation will reach the president’s desk before the midterms.