Washington’s new normal

On Sunday’s political talk shows, guests discussed President Donald Trump’s growing list of deals with Democrats, what to expect from the president’s United Nations debut and beliefs that Americans are witnessing the birth of a new kind of DC establishment.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is expecting big things from Trump’s appearance before the international body.

“It is a new day at the U.N. I think that the pleas he made in terms of trying to see change at the United Nations had been heard, and I think  what we’ll do is see him respond to that,” Haley said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

She added: “What you are now seeing is the Israel bashing has become more balanced. You’ve got a United Nations that is action oriented, we’ve passed two resolutions on  North Korea just in the last month. And you also have a United Nations that is moving toward reform.”

Current tensions with North Korea are expected to be a huge point of discussion during Trump’s UN visit as the administration is increasingly showing signs that it wants to take military action against the Hermit Kingdom.

Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster told Fox News Sunday that a military option is very much on the table in dealing with possible threats from the country.

“We really have to move with a great deal of urgency, on sanctions, on diplomacy and on preparing, if necessary, a military option,” McMaster said.

On domestic affairs, Democrats appearing on the Sunday political shows were optimistic about the Trump administration’s seemingly newfound affection for their party.

Appearing on New York’s AM 970, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) predicted based on her discussions with the president that Trump’s administration could lead to a new era of bipartisanship.

“The president realizes that the best policy comes from bipartisan discussions,” she said of a recent conversation she had with the president. “[We] really spent a lot of time visiting about what our expectations were for tax reform. Tried to figure out where the sweet spot is.”

The lawmaker said Republican disagreements over how to handle things like Obamacare and tax reform are creating huge opportunities for Democrats.

Taxes, she said, are the next issue her party plans to work on with Trump.

“One of the things that all three of the Democrats [at the dinner with Trump] impressed on the Administration is that this has to be a middle-class tax cut. This cannot be a tax cut for the wealthiest among us,” Heitkamp said.

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