The Australian Financial Rveiew reports that Australia's foreign policy interests and ties with leading US politicians face significant disruption from looming congressional elections, with major Democratic victories likely to see Washington and Donald Trump's White House reach new levels of political dysfunction. 

The warning comes in a preview to the November 6 congressional midterms released by the United States Studies Centre, predicting more budget shutdowns and "little to no chance" of America rejoining the revived Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement if the Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives.