An Oval Office decision to side with the opposition in order to strike Trump’s first legislative deal has bewildered and alienated those in his own party

It was time to deal. Donald Trump and Mike Pence sat before the fireplace in the Oval Office. On a sofa to their left were Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. On a sofa to their right, Paul Ryan, Steven Mnuchin and Kevin McCarthy, with Trump’s budget hawk Mick Mulvaney in a lone chair behind. Watching the tableau were the busts of Sir Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King.

There would also be an early afternoon cameo from Trump’s daughter Ivanka, dropping in to “say hello”, according to a Democratic aide. “The meeting careened off topic. Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence.”

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