Wednesday 14 November 2018

Is Trump listening to voices of reason?

Donald Trump. Photo: AP/PA Images
Donald Trump. Photo: AP/PA Images
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Donald Trump's recent contentious remarks and subsequent retractions highlight a significant change in the American president's public disposition. Within the space of a few days, Trump's outspoken style can be seen to be curtailed by the reaction of popular opinion. This came to light first in his visit last weekend to the UK where outrage at his initial criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit saw him subsequently retract it and offer the view that her soft approach was ''fine with me''.

Similarly, and perhaps more noticeably, Trump's disapproval of America's failure to create a more positive working relationship with Russia and his high praise for President Vladimir Putin were also corrected by Trump after "considerable backlash" from the public.

These recent events may indicate that the Trump administration is beginning to credit the old belief that, in order to succeed in politics, you must conform and play the game - something which Trump has largely refrained from doing so far.

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