Six ways Trump is re­mak­ing the US af­ter his own im­age

Anal­y­sis In six months in power, the pres­i­dent has dis­man­tled pro­tec­tions en­shrined un­der Obama

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Busi­ness and the econ­omy

The eco­nomic trends be­gun un­der Barack Obama con­tinue: stock mar­kets have con­tin­ued a giddy ride to un­charted highs, un­em­ploy­ment has con­tin­ued to drift down, in­ter­est rates re­main low. Don­ald Trump failed to pass his tax re­forms, but he has or­dered a re­view of Dodd-Frank, the reg­u­la­tions brought in to tame US fi­nan­cial institutions af­ter the worst re­ces­sion in liv­ing mem­ory. He has ap­pointed a sworn enemy of in­ter­net neu­tral­ity at the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion. He has freed en­ergy firms to start pol­lut­ing rivers again and scrapped a rule that barred com­pa­nies from fed­eral con­tracts if they had a his­tory of vi­o­lat­ing wage, labour or safety laws. Do­minic Rushe


Trump has not started a war. But he has di­min­ished Amer­ica’s lead­er­ship role and diplo­matic stand­ing. He has em­pha­sised the de­fence of Amer­ica and western civil­i­sa­tion and down­played democ­racy and hu­man rights. He has warmed to au­thor­i­tar­ian lead­ers in China, the Philip­pines, Rus­sia and Saudi Ara­bia while go­ing cold on Bri­tain, the EU and Aus­tralia. On the ur­gent is­sue of North Korea, there is lit­tle ev­i­dence to sug­gest he will suc­ceed where oth­ers failed. David Smith

Crim­i­nal jus­tice

Trump has done what he can to re­verse a decades-long re­treat from mass-in­car­cer­a­tion dogma. In Fe­bru­ary, he com­mis­sioned a task­force to make rec­om­men­da­tions on com­bat­ing “the men­ace of ris­ing crime”, though as re­cent­lyy as De­cem­ber there was real mo­men­tum­men­tum in Congress be­hind a bi­par­ti­san bill to make sen­tenc­ingnc­ing less puni­tive, not more. The at­tor­ney gen­eral, eral, Jeff Ses­sions, has also sig­nalled that the jus­tice de­part­ment will not use its author­ity ity to in­ves­ti­gate or re­form lo­cal po­licee de­part­ments, even n in cases where gross neg­li­gence or ram­pant civil rights vi­o­la­tions may be oc­cur­ring. Jamiles Lartey

The en­vi­ron­ment

Both Em­manuel Macron and Sir Richard Bran­son have claimed Trump is re­gret­ting his de­ci­sion to with­draw from the Paris cli­mate agree­ment. But he has be­gun to tear up al­most all the key planks of Obama’s en­vi­ron­men­tal agenda. In Scott Pruitt, Trump has an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion agency chief who un­der­stands the agency and how to hob­ble it. Emis­sions stan­dards for cars and trucks, the clean power plan, wa­ter pol­lu­tion re­stric­tions, a pro­posed ban on a pes­ti­cide linked to de­vel­op­men­tal prob­lems in chil­dren, reg­u­la­tions that stop power plants dump­ing tox­ins such as mer­cury – Pruitt has tar­geted them all. Pub­lic land has been thrown open to coalmin­ing and oil and gas drilling is re­turn­ing to Arc­tic and At­lantic wa­ters. Oliver Mil­man


Trump pur­sued a Mus­lim-tar­geted travel ban and a crack­down on un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants. His bullish per­se­ver­ance, de­spite two failed at­tempts to pass the ban, has re­sulted in a tem­po­rary rul­ing in the supreme court al­low­ing a di­luted ver­sion to come into ef­fect. Trump has moved quickly to round up and de­port un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants. By em­pow­er­ing the fed­eral agency re­spon­si­ble for de­por­ta­tions to tar­get any­one with­out le­gal pa­per­work, the num­ber of im­mi­gra­tion ar­rests has soared. Oliver Laugh­land

Gen­der and equal­ity

In Fe­bru­ary, the ad­min­is­tra­tion with­drew Obama-era guide­lines re­quir­ing schools to give trans­gen­der stu­dents un­fet­tere­dun­fett ac­cess to toi­lets matchin match­ing their gen­der iden­tity. TrumpT has signed leg­is­la­tion en­cour­ag­ing states to with with­hold fed­eral fam­ily plan­ning dol­lars from Planned Par­ent­hood. He has p picked Neil Gor­such to re­place An­ton An­tonin Scalia in theth supreme cou court. Ob­servers say that Go Gor­such “has all the mak­ings of an ex­treme ant anti-abor­tion jus jus­tice”. Mol­lyMo Red­den

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