Saturday 23 September 2017

David McWilliams: Trump aims to do to the Washington insiders what Uber did to taxi drivers

President Donald Trump points to a member of the media as he takes questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump points to a member of the media as he takes questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Another week, another bit of American conventional wisdom is shredded by Donald Trump. This time it is the CIA. Mr Trump is the president of the USA and the CIA is employed to protect him, but he doesn't see it this way. He has turned his ire towards his own security forces and he intends to investigate them, not the other way around.

So this is what he meant by "draining the swamp". Mr Trump is going after Washington. All the insiders who have for years populated the American capital, all the lobbyists who raised funds and bought influence, and all the civil servants who have for years filtered access to power and created policy, are now the president's targets. He is sidestepping the media, the think-tanks and the establishment. They don't like it, but this is what radical looks like.

We have no idea where it will all end, but one thing is clear: Mr Trump will change America forever. He is the most disruptive politician in decades.

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