Trump's new world

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Over the past week or so, we've heard all kinds of theories from administration officials and President Trump's friends on the outside about why he's cutting deals with "Chuck and Nancy" and softening on his core issue of immigration.

The points we keep hearing:

  • Trump is loyal to nobody but himself, and certainly no political party given how frequently he changes party affiliation.
  • He wants deals at any cost and, unburdened by ideological beliefs, he'll switch sides overnight.
  • He's so frustrated by Republican leadership that he's been driven into the enemy's arms.
  • And lastly, for the first time in his presidency, he's enjoying positive media coverage and coherent reinforcement from his top aides.

Our thought bubble: The dramatically different information Trump receives daily under the leadership of Chief of Staff John Kelly is an under-looked factor in Trump's decision to double down on his partnership with the Democratic leaders.