Will Donald Trump Be a Two-Term President?

Easy to miss amidst the continuing fusillade of racist remarks from the White House was an interesting Washington Post story this weekend:

President Trump has instructed aides to organize for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term within the White House, five people briefed on the discussions said, a move that might dramatically reverse the big-spending approach he adopted during his first 30 months in office.

Trump’s advisers say he are going to be better positioned to clamp down on spending and shrink or eliminate certain agencies after next year, particularly if Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives.

If Trump is basically contemplating large cuts during a second term, it’d be very strange. But the thought of a significant fiscal-conservative turn after 2020, no matter how unlikely, does raise a bigger question:
What exactly would be the purpose of a second Trump term?

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