US President Donald Trump has made a deal with the opposing Democratic Party, a move experts say shows that he has little faith in his own party.
Earlier this week, Trump agreed to back legislation granting hurricane relief funds in a bill that also raises the US borrowing limit for around three months. He signed the package bill into law on Friday.
The deal gives the Democrats leverage over the Republicans later this year, and dozens of GOP lawmakers oppose it, against Trump's wishes.
"(Trump) was facing an end of the month deadline to approve the government budget, raise the debt ceiling, and pass emergency aid for hurricane-damaged places, so he decided to avoid a possible legislative stalemate with Republicans and rely upon Democratic votes to pass the legislation," Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies, told Xinhua.
"I don't think this will happen a lot going forward because it would completely alienate Republicans. But from time to time, (Trump) may work with Democrats to get a few things done. He doesn't believe the Republican leadership can deliver the majority votes he needs for specific bills," West said.
Indeed, Trump and Republicans have been at odds since the president's campaign, and he has expressed frustration with the party for not helping him deliver his campaign promises.
"He knows he is strong with his base and he is irritated with GOP leaders in Congress for their failure to repeal Obamacare," West said, citing the failure last month to fulfill the GOP's long-term vow to repeal and replace the last administration's healthcare overhaul.
Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua that Trump made the deal because it reflected a fundamental impatience in the White House with the Republican leadership.
"The GOP should be worried about the complex legislative calendar that it faces, as well as the anger it will face from the 2018 electorate if nothing has been accomplished," Mahaffee said.
The deal comes after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the city of Houston, Texas in one of the worst disasters on record, and some observers said one of Trump's priorities was to provide funds for the many victims of one of the worst natural disasters in US history.
Some analysts, however, expressed optimism that more bipartisan cooperation may be on the horizon, at a time of bitter partisanship between the two parties - so much that it has kept lawmakers in legislative deadlock at a crucial time.
Shai Akabas, director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, said in an email to reporters that the "deal passed by Congress was a positive sign that bipartisanship is possible between President Trump and Democratic leaders."