On Jan. 20, Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. For Trump (as with every president before him), all that he said up until that pointconsisted of promises.
But now, the focus must shift... from what he will do, to what he isdoing. (Subscribe to my free weekly newsletter, This Week in Geopolitics, and stay informed on the most important geopolitical developments)
Presidents don’t stop promising, but the promises become more hollow over time if they are not matched by some degree of achievement.
The president’s weak position
The American presidency is a paradox.
It is the most noted position in the world. Observers imbue it with the same level of command held by the world's most powerful country. That’s why everyone is now trying to understand what Trump intends to do.
In reality, the American president is one of the weakest institutional leaders in Euro-American civilization. He can do some things unilaterally, particularly in foreign policy, but Congress can block them.
He can do some things by executive order, but the Supreme Court can overrule them. He can pass certain programs that require cooperation from states, but the states can refuse to do so.Read More...
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