A former top official in President Donald Trump’s transition team says he is optimistic about Trump’s agenda, despite the election results and his party’s continued refusal to embrace the president.
Former transition director Alex Conant, who resigned in January, told The Hill he thinks the president will be successful in advancing his agenda.
But he also said there is still a long way to go, and that the Republican Party has a long road ahead to winning the 2020 election.
Conant said the president is a “good person” and “a good negotiator,” but that he doesn’t know if the GOP can win the White House again.
“It’s going to take a long time,” he said.
“The president has a lot of people to thank for this success.”
But he added that there is plenty of blame to go around.
“He is the president,” he added.
“There is a lot to be blamed on, and the Republican party is responsible for some of that.”
Conant also said he was surprised that a handful of GOP members of Congress continue to push Trump to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
“I was really surprised that they still have that support,” he told The Washington Post.
“I think it’s pretty clear that they will not be in a position to be able to repeal and replace that if they win in 2020.”
In January, the GOP lost the House of Representatives to Democrats in a landslide.
The party has yet to retake the Senate.