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Trump Sacrifices Agenda for Fight Over Democrats’ Probes, Unnerving GOP Allies

  • President invites criticism he’s focused on political fortunes
  • Future of infrastructure, prescription drug prices in doubt
Donald Trump leaves following a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 22.
Donald Trump leaves following a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 22.Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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Donald Trump’s dramatic decision to blow up infrastructure negotiations amid swirling talk of impeachment revealed a president willing to abandon the remainder of his first-term legislative agenda for a political brawl.

His strategy came into greater focus Thursday: Shut down nearly all legislative progress under the theory that doing so will hurt Democrats more than Trump and paint Democrats as "insane" and "far left."