President Trump’s European trip was a mix of pageantry, protests and a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Back home, the focus was health care with protests in several states opposed to Republican overhaul efforts in the Senate.
Anti-Trump demonstrators were also out in force over the July 4th holiday,a reminder that the country remains divided over his presidency.
Before he left for Europe, Trump offered an upbeat assessment of his first six months in office.
The economy is blazing and on every front we are doing well.And we do have challenges, but we will handle those challenges, believe me."
There was no letup in Trump’s battle with the news media, including his promotion of a mock video on Twitter.
But some Republicans see that as a distraction, among them Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich.
You know, I just hope he grows into this job and understands you need to be a unifier.
Trump returns from his overseas trip to a domestic agenda that largely remains stalled, especially on health care.
Republicans are divided over a plan that could cost more than 20 million Americans health insurance coverage,says analyst Matthew Fiedler.
Even if ideologically they might have been opposed to the Affordable Care Act in the first place,they are very concerned about rolling back that coverage going forward."
Trump’s public approval rating hovers around 40 percent in most polls,though his core supporters are sticking with him, syas analyst John Fortier.
I think the first six months is not a perfect gauge of when to judge a president on these matters.It often takes a long time to get legislation done.So at this point he is not doing so well but it is still relatively early in the legislative game."
Senate deliberations on health care resume this coming week.
Jim Malone, VOA news, Washington.