Tuesday 26 September 2017

Trump's progress grinds to a halt as White House staff spend their time firefighting

‘Mr Trump once urged Russia to leak Hillary Clinton’s emails, now he says leaking is very un-American’
‘Mr Trump once urged Russia to leak Hillary Clinton’s emails, now he says leaking is very un-American’

Carole Coleman

It's been an insane week - even by Donald Trump's standards. He's lost a cabinet member, failed to get another nominee confirmed and may be facing his administration's first ethics investigation - over women's shoes. Add to this North Korea's provocative missile launch, as well as growing questions over whether Russia influenced Mr Trump's election, and it starts to look like a right old mess indeed.

Less than one month into office, the Trump administration seems permanently stuck in firefighting mode, and progress on key policy issues has shuddered to a halt.

His travel ban from seven mainly Muslim countries is about to be rescinded and replaced, changes to the Affordable Care Act have been long fingered for now, and the "new" relationship with Russia is looking as fraught as the old one. Even Mr Trump's determination to shake up Nato got buried in the fog as Defence Secretary James Mattis this week reaffirmed "full support" for the Western defence alliance.

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