With less than a month in office, President Donald Trump’s White House is besieged by a host of critical situations.
Divisions, dysfunctions and casualties of key figures have left the young government almost paralyzed, and the Allies wondering how it will resurface. The daring actions that marked the early days of Trump in office have given way to a tread, a tacit acknowledgment that the president and his team had not prepared an agenda in depth.
Almost a week after the government’s ban on refugees and immigrants was blocked by a federal court, the White House is still having trouble regrouping and defining its next move on that issue. Six days have passed since Trump – who promised unprecedented levels of immediate action – announced a new policy guideline or a far-reaching legislative plan.
Cleft by division and plagued by distractions
Just this week, the controversy has forced the departure of its top national security adviser and the resignation of his nominee to Secretary of Labor.
“Another day in paradise,” Trump said sarcastically Wednesday after his meeting with retailers was interrupted by reporters’ questions about the links between his campaign staff and Russian officials.
Republican colleagues have begun to express their frustrations and their open anxiety that the White House of Trump derails its hopes to legislative action.
Sen. John Thune demanded Wednesday that the White House “leave the launch phase behind.”
“There are things here that we want done, and we want to have a clear focus on our agenda, and this constant interference and noise with these issues that continue to arise is a distraction,” Thune complained.
Senator John McCain exploited the White House’s approach to national security, called it “dysfunctional,” and asked “who is in charge? I do not know anyone outside the White House who knows about it,” he added.
Such level of criticism from allies is unusual during what is often seen as a honeymoon period for a new president. But Trump, a non-political figure who campaigned almost as much against his party as for his party, has only a small reserve in good faith to protect themselves. His government has made uneasy attempts to collaborate with legislators and their own agencies.
Officials have begun trying to change some tactics, and some scenarios, in hopes of stabilizing the ship. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump would hold a Florida-style rally on Saturday, the first of its presidency.
The president has often mentioned how much he loves the affectionate multitudes and the consent of his supporters.
Moving from one crisis to the next is not unprecedented, particularly for a White House that is still seeking its foundation; But the interference that have swirled around Trump have reached hurricane strength very fast and have not diminished.
On Wednesday, his nominee for Labor Secretary, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination, as the government still suffers the aftermath of the forced resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, who left the post after it was discovered that he misled the vice president over his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
Flynn’s departure marked the return of an issue that Trump probably will not be able to pass quickly.
The president’s relationship with Moscow will continue to be scrutinized and investigated, at times apparently fueled by leaks within his own government.