Peter Baker, the New York Times White House correspondent, writes here that President Donald J. Trump is “in many ways, the first independent president” since the Civil War. He says this because Trump does not appear to act as a Republican Party leader, nor does he seem to cooperate very closely with Republicans in congress. The story also mentions that he has changed his party affiliation five times during his lifetime. He has been a registered Democrat, and a registered member of the Independence Party, as well as a registered Republican. The first time he ran for president was 2000, when he briefly sought the Reform Party nomination and won two Reform Party presidential primaries, in California and Michigan. Thanks to Political Wire for the link.