Tripped-up Trump

The Africa Report - - BRIEFING -

US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s first 100 days in of­fice were not marked by the early vic­to­ries he had promised. The courts blocked the im­ple­men­ta­tion of his ban on im­mi­grants from seven largely Mus­lim coun­tries in Fe­bru­ary. His ad­min­is­tra­tion then suf­fered a block when leaks re­ported that his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, Michael Flynn, had spo­ken to Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador about US sanc­tions be­fore he took of­fice. The Lo­gan Act for­bids such dis­cus­sions be­tween for­eign gov­ern­ments and pri­vate cit­i­zens, but the Trump team said Flynn was forced to re­sign af­ter los­ing Trump’s trust and ly­ing to vice-pres­i­dent Mike Pence about the talks. Trump won the Novem­ber 2016 elec­tion based on his bold claims about what he would do in of­fice. He has tried to fol­low through on some things, but not on oth­ers. He has al­ready pulled back from start­ing a trade war with China and re­moved the prospect of Wash­ing­ton recog­nis­ing the sovereignty of Tai­wan from the ta­ble. In Fe­bru­ary, how­ever, he floated the idea that the US would not back a two-state so­lu­tion to the Is­rael-pales­tine con­flict, which an­gered al­lies in the Mid­dle East and raised doubts about whether the Trump gov­ern­ment will make any more progress on the is­sue than its pre­de­ces­sors.

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