Donald Trump embroiled in the "Washington swamp"

The USA President promised to fight against the system, but he became its part

It’s been 9 months since Donald Trump has become the President. However, his administration has already faced numerous internal conflicts and personnel reshuffle. Many ideological supporters of the President were forced to left the administration. Representatives of the old elite - government officials and financiers, who Trump promised to shake up during his election campaign, came into power. Thus, being surrounded by opportunists and with no clear political strategy, the new President is becoming a part of the system against which he promised to fight in 2016.

The process of Trump’s "rebirth" is the most notable in foreign affairs. The President promised to revise the previous American role of "world policeman", and stands for the positions of the traditional Washington’s foreign policy. This allows him to seem more "strong" and "decisive" – it is a very common trick, which was actively used by his predecessors (Bill Clinton in Kosovo, Obama in Libya). The American media started to praise him after his decision to strike at Syrian airbase al-Sirat in April 2017. Being a "demagogue" and "populist", he once turned into a "strong" defender of the innocent Syrians and a fighter against the "criminal regime" of Assad.

Such an evolution has affected many aspects of the White house policy. Contrary to his campaign promises to improve relations with Russia, Trump has launched a new round of escalation of sanctions. Instead of negotiating with North Korea, he threatens to launch a nuclear strike. Instead of withdrawal of the troops from Afghanistan – strengthening of the American group. Such drift shows that before coming to power, Trump has unclear strategy on many foreign and domestic policy issues.

Important fact is that the head of the White house hasn’t got a cohesive team, sharing his views on foreign and domestic policy of the country. Many of Trump’s supporters, who took an active part in the election campaign and made a significant contribution to his victory, felt unnecessary in late 2016, when the President-elect began forming of so-called transition team. It included many former officials associated with the former administration, but very few ideological supporters of the new President.

Those few colleagues of Trump's pre-election campaign, who got to his administration, soon began to leave it one by one. Noteworthy, that they shared Trump’s program (Make America Great Again) that suggested including an appeal to economic nationalism and the rejection of the old aggressive foreign policy. The pressure on these individuals carried out from several sides: American media, extremely hostile to Trump and his political program; the Washington political elite, including party members in the Republican party, dissatisfied with "non-traditional" agenda of the new President; representatives of the rival Democratic party.

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