He hasn’t offered many new ideas for another four years—and hasn’t accomplished most of what he aimed for so far in his first four.
Updated on July 23 at 8:35 a.m. ET
Easy to miss amidst the continuing fusillade of racist remarks from the White House was a remarkable Washington Post story this weekend:
President Trump has instructed aides to prepare for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term in the White House, five people briefed on the discussions said, a move that would dramatically reverse the big-spending approach he adopted during his first 30 months in office. Trump’s advisers say he will be better positioned to crack down on spending and shrink or eliminate certain agencies after next year, particularly if Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives.
If Trump is really contemplating large cuts in a second term, it’d be very strange. But the idea of a serious fiscal-conservative turn after 2020, no matter how unlikely, does raise a larger question: What exactly would be the point of a second Trump term?