U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Matthew Jamison, Strategic Culture Foundation: The Trump Doctrine
The Inauguration of the billionaire property developer and businessman Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States has ushered in a new era in American politics and international standing. It was a surreal moment due to the fact so many believed it would never happen. Mr. Trump must be credited with the fact he possess unique political and charismatic skills that a man with zero experience of running a political campaign, running for political office or having ever served in government, could have got himself elected President at the outset of his very first political campaign, is quite remarkable.
What is more remarkable is that Mr. Trump largely drove his campaign and success with the capturing of the Republican nomination and subsequently the White House, largely through the sheer force and theatrical, flamboyant personality of his character, a deep understanding of his audience/market and an uncanny ability to utilise and harness mass media to attract attention to himself and his campaign. He did all this in the face of stiff resistance from many within his own party and the Establishment and mainstream media. As a performer he is extremely captivating and this in many ways fuelled his rise to the Presidency.
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WNU Editor: It is waaaayyyy to early to talk about a "Trump Doctrine". On a side note .... and it is something that I have noticed recently .... President Trump looks like someone who has aged a lot in the past few weeks. It could be because of make-up (or lack of), long hours, being forced to make real decisions that will have consequences on many people, the burden of the Oval Office, etc. .... but looking at his body language, his demeanour, how he talks (much quieter now and far more slower) .... he is showing his age.
Update: It figures .... some are saying that he has not changed at all .... Trump's blunt, harsh rhetoric hasn't softened from the campaign trail, speech experts say (Washington Post).