The Republican base which is so staunchly loyal to its president shows no sign of wavering over an issue that candidate Trump was persistently vocal about.
A focus on foreign policy, but continued disregard for America’s traditional friends abroad: the likely course of the next 500 Days of Trump.
Republicans and Democrats are both desperate for the investigation to conclude, but for opposite reasons.
The President is often taken literally but not seriously, whereas he should be taken seriously but not literally.
With May distracted by Brexit, Macron is risking domestic political pushback to become Trump’s ‘bridge to Europe’.
The atrocity demands a response, but will the President favour international diplomacy or military action?
From the politicisation of committees and the near-deification of Corbyn to the absurd ‘fake news’ row over ‘Hatgate’, the parallels are troubling.
The President is clearly prepared to put politics before economics, even at the expense of America’s traditional allies.
The NRA’s influence remains formidable – but the temptation to appear to be a bipartisan dealmaker might be an even more powerful influence on the President.
The GOP’s attempts at reform have failed, and the President’s account of his own views on the topic seems to vary all the time.
Indeed, the next shutdown might come before very long. And there’s no sign that Trump or his opponents are in a compromising mood.
It can be hard to look past the President’s excesses – but the realities of government and the economy tell a more mixed story than you might assume.
The circumstances may be exceptional, but the populist hurricane that bore him into the White House is clearly on the wane.
With an alarmingly few legislative days before Christmas, a looming shutdown is the last thing Congress and the White House needs on their plates right now.
The Republicans are so determined to rid themselves of their candidate the leadership is thinking of running a write-in challenger.