Week of Trump: Nonstop headlines leaves some exhausted

July 29, 2018

It’s been a tumultuous week for President Donald Trump’s administration.

With the news of the 4.1 percent growth in the economy revealed Friday hot on the heels of possible new evidence pointing to collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, headlines for the week have been a grab bag of good and bad.

And the week has seen a lot of headlines for Trump. Some, like the news that more than 700 children separated from their parents at the border were not reunited with families by the Thursday deadline, has been negative. Others, like his new tariff agreements with the EU and the return of remains of American soldiers by North Korea, are much more positive accomplishments.

Speaking to local residents on either side of party lines, reactions to this week’s happenings are about as varied as the events themselves, with some feeling triumphant, some skeptical and others frustrated.

Aaron Miller, chair of the Olmsted County GOP, says the mixed bag of events this week has been a source of frustration for some Republicans, who feel stories casting a negative light on Trump’s actions are getting more attention than his recent accomplishments.

“Some of the good news often gets overshadowed by the other stuff going on,” Miller said, noting that the recent EU trade deal didn’t make many headlines compared to less favorable events which transpired this week.

Mary Anderson, a Rochester resident and a longtime Democrat, said that although the week had a few bright spots, other accomplishments have yet to prove themselves.

“It looks nice, but it’s smoke and mirrors,” she said of the new $12 billion plan intended to aid farmers. “It remains to see how it (funding) will be administered this week.”

Ellie Dunn, also of Rochester and an active Republican, says the economic growth this week is evidence of the effectiveness of the Trump administration.

“President Trump is living up to the promises he said he would do,” she said.

However, media coverage of the week’s events has caused some to feel fatigued by the seemingly nonstop barrage.

“I don’t even watch the news anymore because it just leaves me speechless,” said Marie Bran, of Rochester.

Bran says she stopped following the news when she heard about the separation of immigrant families. The subject hits close to home, she said, because she hasn’t seen her father, who is from Mexico, in 15 years because he hasn’t been able to come to the U.S.

Anderson agreed that keeping up with events can be exhausting.

“It’s a lot,” she said. “Every day there’s a lot.”

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