The Trump presidency – will the system keep working?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announces delay on crucial health-care vote
June 27, 2017: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) announces the Republican leadership’s decision to delay voting on the crucial health-care bill (source: dpa)
  • Donald Trump’s self-disrupting presidency could derail his legislative agenda
  • Difficulty in replacing Obamacare threatens GOP coherence in Congress
  • State opposition to the Paris climate treaty pullout may trigger a constitutional crisis
  • With the opposition Democrats also weak, none of this bodes well for U.S. authority globally

Donald Trump has complained about a cloud hanging over his presidency. Verdicts out after his first 100 days claim that President Trump has already failed or may even be up for impeachment. Whatever one calls it, the cloud does exist.

It is in considerable measure of his own making. Opposing media even more than the Democratic opposition are using every opportunity to hit the 45th president. This is not unusual. Early months in the White House are rarely successful, as the example of John F. Kennedy shows. The media campaign against President Richard M. Nixon after a very successful first term goaded him into a defensive and ultimately self-defeating counterattack. But the relentlessness and intensity of the Trump-hunt are without precedent in the history of the United States, at least in the modern era.

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