This weekend marks the end of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. The honeymoon period will be officially over, and Trump will post the lowest approval rating – 44%, according to a CNN/ORC poll – of any newly elected president since modern polling began.
The biggest surprise for many at the end of these first 100 days will be the degree to which the Trump presidency has been normalized. For some, this is justified by the fact that few US policies have changed as radically as feared and international institutions remain intact. Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda has not produced radical change in the nation’s formal international commitments, and few of his more incendiary campaign promises have materialized.… Seguir leyendo »
The recent botched raid on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen is emblematic of Trump’s governance style: bold, impulsive, and with a very certain disregard for consequences.
Nobody is yet sure whether this is by design or not. For some, Trump’s policies are best explained by a version of chaos theory, largely attributed to the work of chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon. The first weeks’ policies seek to create as much chaos as possible, provoke a liberal backlash that discredits its participants and (so the theory goes) fully consolidate the support of Trump’s base.
For others, the first two weeks have been trial by fire, reflecting an untamed narcissistic desire to generate attention and affirmation, and made possible by creating an inner circle that has seemingly removed apolitical expert oversight.… Seguir leyendo »