Donald Trump says he is looking for ways to work with Democrats these days. His team has floated the notion of working with the Congressional Black Caucus on infrastructure matters, and told the Financial Times that if the Freedom Caucus remains aloof "we will make a deal with the Democrats" on health care.
There is also a large caucus of protectionist Democrats in Congress who'd be eager on the merits to see Trump fulfill some of his campaign pledges on trade.
Yet there's precious little sign of this strategy happening. And, indeed, there's precious little sign that it will happen — in part because an atmosphere of partisan hostility serves Trump's interests.
Trump won a primary election by criticizing the Republican Party establishment, adopted a set of heterodox policy stances that sometimes poached centrist and left-wing ideas along with hard-right ones, and won a general election without much in the way of formal support for the institutional Republican Party.
Under the circumstances, attempting to govern as a less-partisan figure than Barack Obama or George W. Bush who is more interested in making cross-aisle deals seems like a natural possibility. It's an approach Trump clearly rejected in the first couple of months of his administration, trying to pass a health care law on a party-line basis and putting forward a hard-right budget proposal copied more or less directly from the Heritage Foundation website.