United States President Donald Trump has completed his first year in office. He will go down as one of the most controversial if not unpopular presidents with approval ratings well below 50%, the lowest for any US president since polling commenced some 70 years ago, according to a CNN report.
Several demonstrations have taken place in Washington and several other states in protest over Trump’ s management of the country’s affairs.
There is also a government shutdown with both sides of the political divide, Republicans and Democrats, trading blame for the current fiasco.
Only recently he labelled Haiti and other African countries as ‘shitholes’ which has rightly been condemned by Caricom and other countries. He made good on his campaign promise to take a tough stand on illegal immigrants and people entering the country from Muslim states. He recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the shifting of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Tension between North Korea and the United States has risen to new and dangerous levels with leaders from both countries referring to each other in derogatory language.
It is interesting to see how matters will unfold in the remaining years of his presidency. One thing seems certain: it will not be business as usual in Washington and the White House.