With four weeks in government, Trump who claims to have inherited “a disaster” inside and outside the country heads a White House that is described by many as a disaster in itself.
At an impressive rate, Trump has angered world leaders and frustrated allies. It received a legal coup in one of its emblematic policies. He lost his national security adviser and his nominee as Secretary of Labor due to scandals. He has seen forces within his own government fight against his policies and the leak of confidential information.
All this has come amid a steady stream of revelations about FBI investigations surrounding his campaign contacts with Russian intelligence officials.
Trump says his government functions as a “well-oiled machine.” He talks about the gains on the stock market and the devotion of his still loyal supporters as evidence that everything is fine, although his approval ratings are much lower than those of other US presidents in his first weeks of rule.
Stung by incessant criticism, Trump disqualifies them by saying that they are “false news” delivered by “the enemy of the people”, ie the press. Daily denunciations against the media are just one of the new habits that Americans are getting accustomed to.
Almost every day they begin (and end) with presidential comments that touch almost anything and everyone, from talking about television news, to promoting upcoming events or insulting the press.
At some point in the day, Trump is still reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s marvelous defeat in November’s election and quite possibly overstates his margins of support. We must also expect more complaints from the “dishonest press and its false news” says Trump.
From there, things can take unexpected turns while Trump offers pronouncements in politics or makes comments that leave even the collaborators in the White House going through difficulties to interpret them.
The days of Trump are busy. Outside, there are groups ready for “listening sessions”. Foreign leaders call or come to visit or in their case, cancel them, as did the president of Mexico in response to differences by the wall that Trump wants to build on the common border.
In foreign policy, Trump offered a few days ago an enigmatic pronouncement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “I am seeing two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like, I can live with one or the other.” His ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the following day that “we absolutely support the two-state solution.” In fact, that has been Washington’s stance for years.
After the US president signed more than a dozen executive actions, the White House was waiting for an urgent order, more of the gold plated ballpoint pens, as the president likes.
Trump gives away the pens as souvenirs after the ceremonies where he signs decrees which he puts as evidence of his ambitious rhythm.
“This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action in favor of the great citizens of our country,” Trump told a news conference on Thursday. “Again I say: there has never been a presidency that has done so much in such a short period of time.”
All this is music to the ears of his followers, who sent him to Washington to upset and drastically change the established Governmental order.
“I can not believe there’s really a politician who does what he says he’ll do,” said Scott Hiltgen, a 66-year-old furniture seller and Trump supporter. “That never happens”.
Trump has done it. Although there may be more force and fury than substance in many of his early actions.
He chose Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court, a nomination that has attracted strong criticism, even from conservatives.
Meanwhile, the president is refocusing on immigration after federal judges blocked the decree banning refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country causing major chaos to travelers around the world. Some of his other orders such as the border with Mexico and the amendment to the health law of Barack Obama are of limited effect.