From North Korea to global trade, the US president has increasingly eschewed outside influence in favor of abrupt decision making
Such a photograph would, it is fair to presume, have been beyond the most delirious, hallucinatory imagines of a tropical fever patient five years ago. Donald Trump sits at the Resolute desk in the Oval Office with hands folded and a broad smile. To his right, garmented in black, stands an unsmiling Kim Kardashian West, a reality TV superstar catapulted to fame a decade ago by a sex tape.
“‘ I broke the Internet .” I broke the country !'” parodied Comedy Central's the Daily Show with a view to responding. The journalist Tom Gara of BuzzFeed News tweeted:” It's amazing that the most powerful person in the world is simply taking casual sessions with Trump like this .” And as preparations continue for talks with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the NBC correspondent Peter Alexander posted:” The other Kim summit .”
Trump himself tweeted simply that it was a” great session” at which they” talked about prison reform and sentencing”, glazing over Kardashian's somewhat dubious qualifications as a White House policy guru. But then, the 45 th US president appears to have dispensed with expertise or a trusted inner circle. The doors of his Oval Office have been thrown open to the national security consultant one minute, a famous face from Maintaining Up with the Kardashians the next.
As Trump approaches 500 days in office, unleashing a daily barrage of statements, tweets, insults, forgiveness and threats, teeing up a global trade war and chasing an on-off-on meeting with Kim , the restraints are off and the fabled” adults in the room” appear scarcer than ever. It is, critics say , not so much a squad of challengers as a team of one. Donald Trump.
Michael Steele , the former president of the Republican National Committee, said:” I think we've got a fuller picture of it now. He's not a chairman who thinks he needs anybody. This is the' I' presidency. You hear it in every speech and see it in every tweet: it's always about himself. As in all things, his presidency will rise and fall on his own efforts .”
Once it was thought that rival White House cliques would compete to shape the Trump presidency. But talk of a fight to the death between the” globalist-Goldman Sachs” wing and the “populist-nationalist” wing has faded into the background noise of individual egos. It's now a war of all against all, multiple media reports suggest. A feud between the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and the trade adviser Peter Navarro, for example, is said to have erupted in a shouting match last month on the sidelines of trade talks in China.
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