| Trump's impulses put White House credibility on the line

Washington — Days of conflicting and misleading statements from President Donald Trump and his top aides have fueled new questions about the White House’s credibility.

That’s sowing mistrust and instability within the West Wing and leaving some congressional Republicans wondering if they have a good faith negotiating partner in the president.

One former congressional GOP leadership aide said it was becoming impossible for Republicans to negotiate anything with White House officials given the president’s willingness to undermine his own team’s public and private assurances. White House officials have found themselves in the bizarre position of urging lawmakers to ignore some of the president’s own statements.

That was the case on Friday, when Trump threatened to veto a government funding bill the White House had guaranteed lawmakers he would sign.

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