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Ex-Cruz aide: Trump presidency 'is effectively over'

Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) former communications director declared that the presidency of Donald Trump "is effectively over" on MSNBC on Friday.

"I think this presidency is effectively over," Rick Tyler told "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski.

"And if you look back to different presidencies, you look at Bill Clinton, he had a rough first two years, very difficult two years. But after Oklahoma City he was able to regain his footing and become presidential until he slipped on a blue dress," Tyler continued, referring to the 1995 bombing of a federal building.

"But this president cannot change. Nothing about his behavior tells me, since the beginning of this process, that he was going to change. And if you cannot change and you cannot become presidential, and you cannot convince the majority of the American people to enact some legislative agenda that he wants passed, his presidency legislatively is effectively over," he concluded.

Tyler was fired from Cruz's presidential campaign in February 2016 after circulating a fake story about Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), also a candidate in the GOP primary. He was hired shortly thereafter by MSNBC as a contributor. 

"The healthcare debacle shows something also about his incompetence in that he never understood the job of the presidency," added panelist Donny Deustch. "He never understood the job of pushing legislation through."

The commentary comes after the Senate failed to pass a scaled-back ObamaCare repeal bill early Friday morning in a stunning vote viewed as a major defeat for Republican leaders and the party's seven-year rhetoric in promising to repeal the legislation.  

The Senate voted 49-51 against the "skinny" bill, which would have repealed ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates and defunded Planned Parenthood.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) provided the crucial vote against the bill, alongside GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

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