The Hill article What are some of the biggest developments shaping the midterms this year?
The new president and the party’s top leaders are expected to fight for the Senate majority in the midterm elections, which begin in November.
Here’s what we know about the candidates and the fights ahead.
Read moreThe Senate race is expected to provide an early test of Trump’s ability to build consensus on key issues, including healthcare and taxes.
Trump has already been criticized for some of his campaign promises, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the midterm campaign could serve as an opportunity for Republicans to take advantage of those differences.
A new president could bring about new tensions between the Republican Party and the conservative wing of the party.
But there are already signs that Trump’s relationship with some members of his own party could break down.
For example, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is not a fan of the president’s travel ban.
She is the third member of her party to say she is undecided on the president.
Murkowski and Sen. John Thune, R/S.D., the minority whip, are the only members of their own party who oppose the travel ban and have endorsed Trump.
Trump could also face a backlash from a Democratic base that is increasingly critical of him.
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, R.I., has been among the most prominent Republicans to denounce Trump and his administration.
McConnell said in January that Trump was “not a good leader” and that he should resign.
And Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R.-Texas, has said he would not back the president if elected president.
In addition, Democrats are expected at least some of their candidates to run for the House, and Senate Democrats are also expected to field candidates in 2018.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he is planning to hold a news conference on Tuesday with Sen. Tom Cotton, R./Ark., the second-ranking Democrat on that committee.
Warner said he has no plans to meet with Cotton to discuss the president and has urged his colleagues to do so.
The president’s most powerful allies in the GOP have been eager to keep up the pressure on Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he had no plans Wednesday to meet Trump at the White House.
The president has repeatedly slammed Republicans for refusing to take him on the healthcare bill and is considering his own version of a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act.
The GOP has been pushing back on those comments.
In his weekly radio address on Thursday, Speaker Paul Ryan, R., said Republicans need to get their act together on healthcare, and “they’re not doing that.”
The president has also been a target of GOP criticism for failing to fulfill some campaign promises.
On Monday, Ryan said Trump’s budget “won’t pass the Senate” and urged Republicans to “fight back” against the president over his actions on healthcare.
Ryan, who is also the Republican vice-presidential nominee, also said Trump needs to “start listening” to the party, which is still unified around its anti-establishment agenda.
Republicans are not expected to pass any major legislation during the midterm election.
The House is expected again to pass legislation, but the Senate is expected this year to have more legislation to consider, including legislation to repeal or replace the health care law.