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Why Donald Trump’s political career has already peaked

A boosted economy helped bolster Republican successes in the mid-terms. By 2020, the tide will have turned

By John Rapley  

U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks to the media before he departs the White House for California, where he is scheduled to view damage from that state's wildfires, in Washington, DC, USA, 17 November 2018. Seventy-four people have been killed and more than 1,000 people are missing due to multiple devastating fires across the state. The President spoke about the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's murder, the Mueller investigation, and the migrant caravan approaching the southern border. Credit: Jim LoScalzo / Pool via CNP | usage worldwide

“It was a big day yesterday, incredible day,” said Donald Trump at a chaotic press conference the day after the mid-term elections. “I thought it was very close to a complete victory.” True or not, though, it’s probably as good as it’s going to get for the President. Mr. Trump’s economic policies gave Republicans a strong tailwind going into this election. But the wind he sowed will come back as a whirlwind—quite possibly…

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