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Trump’s new challenge: owning the consequences of Trumpism

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump is entering a new phase of his presidency: He's now dealing in real-time with the consequences of his policy decisions.

The big picture: For 30 years, Trump told America what it'd be like if he were in charge. Better deals, richer, safer, smarter. All rhetorical and theoretical. He could make all sorts of hyperbolic promises with no fear of being disproven. He could eliminate the national debt by eliminating a few agencies and cracking down on "waste, fraud and abuse." He could prevent terrorism by banning all Muslims from entering the country. He could build a big, beautiful wall and get Mexico to pay for it. He could deliver the best health care system anyone had ever dreamed of.