What Trump promised?
Trump promised that his leadership would be unpredictable and unconventional. He promised American voters that he would, “shake the establishment to the core”.
He would focus on American trade and bring back industries to the inner cities. He also announced radical new immigrations plans to deport thousands of illegals. And let’s not forget the big wall he had planned to build.
Trump also had big ideas with regards to foreign policy. He often said that his administration would have an “America first” approach, and the US would not get involved in foreign conflicts.
But it seems fair to say that Trump has found that saying it, is one thing, but actually carrying out these plans is a lot harder and complicated than he might have thought.
It started from the get go for the president, when he was enraged at the media after the suggestion, that the crowds at his inauguration where much smaller than in previous ones.
At the time I found this story to be a bit of a wind up by the main stream media. Trump had been going for the news outlets for weeks, but this time Trump fell into their trap.
Trump held a speech in front of the CIA memorial, he commented about his ongoing battle with the “misleading press” and that his inauguration had attracted millions of people.
His irritation was clear and he made the reference of looking out to millions of people a few times in the speech. However photos did emerge showing the clear difference between his inauguration and Obamas.
That should have been the end of it, but then Sean Spicer, one of Trumps political aides held a press conference, where there were cut outs showing the mass crowds Trump had attracted.
He called out the main stream media, and said what they were doing was “shameful and wrong. This was a sign of things to come and he was clearly wrong.
This whole debacle lasted a few days, Trump and his administration could not let it go, and they made this in to a huge controversy.
Trumps travel ban.
This may or may not have been the start Trump would have wanted, but he wasted no time in initiating his plans for America. Only a few days in, he announced his travel ban policy.
It was no surprise that Trump wanted to move fast on this policy, as this was one of the main issues he had campaigned on.It was popular too, striking a cord with voters.
However the execution was messy. It was controversial when he announced it, and the ban sparked major protests around the US.
Lots of people got caught up in the chaos at airports with protesters campaigning for the ban to be overturned immediately.
The order quickly ran into legal problems too. The ban was weakly written and was easily torn apart by the judicial process. It was stopped in its tracks by one judge.
Trump went on the attack, criticising the judiciary on twitter. He said that “Judges had become political” and it was “unbelievable behaviour”.
But the judiciary fought back calling this policy unconstitutional. This policy became very controversial and it showed Trumps failure in trying to get one of his flag-ship policies through.
Trumps inner circle.
Trumps inner circle became shrouded in controversy almost straight away. Michael Flynn, who was Trumps United States National Security Advisor, was forced to quit after 24 days in the job.
When it came out that he had lied to the Vice president and to Trump about meetings he had had with Russian contacts before trump took office.
It was huge embarrassment to Trump and it made his administration look chaotic. But the Russia shadow would continue to cause problems for trump.
Trumps next miss hap was with the accusation that Obama had tapped phones at Trump tower. Trump made this accusation via twitter creating a huge media storm.
No information had come to light backing the president’s claims, but some in Washington believed it was a distracting method to shine light away from another controversy which was brewing with Jeff sessions.
Jeff Sessions was appointed Attorney General of the United States but failed in his confirmation hearings to admit that he had meetings with the Russian ambassador.
At this point in trumps presidency there was this growing narrative that there was something murky with Trump, and his relations ship with Russia, and it seems to have kept growing.
Repealing Obama care
Then things got even worse. Another one of Trumps major campaign promises was the repealing of Obama care. He wanted to replace it with the American care act. It was very popular with voters.
However it became clear that there was no real plan to back up this policy and Trump relied heavily on speaker Paul Ryan who put the legislation together.
They both miss read the mood of republicans on this issue, the party was a lot more fractured making it difficult to get it through.
Trumps military strike on Syria
Trump was always very opposed to getting involved in the Syrian conflict. He often tweeted even before his campaign warning Obama of the dangers of getting the US involved.
But when Bashar al-Assad attacked his own people with chemical weapons on Trumps watch.
The president reacted by ordering an attack on the air field where the Syrian planes took off. The missiles damaged the airfield preventing the Syria air force from using runway for some time.
However Trump found himself under fire from many republicans saying he had “gone back on his word”.
Trump has defiantly got stuck in with his legislative programme and it’s fair to say it’s not been plain sailing.
Trump has often been referred to as unconventional, acting against the norm. However this approach has got him into some sticky situations.
Despite these mishaps, Trump seems to be still very popular with American votes. Surviving many thing which other president would not of. He is able to push the goal posts further and further apart.
And looking forward, it appears he’s not going to change his way, which leaves me with just one thought.
What is next for Trump?