The atrocity demands a response, but will the President favour international diplomacy or military action?
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Ben Roback is Head of Trade and International Policy at Cicero Group and a member of the US Embassy’s Young Leader’s UK programme.Follow @
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.
Ben Roback: Trump, of all people, might open a crack in the previously unassailable bar on reforming gun laws
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.
Ben Roback: Trump knows what he thinks about the NHS, but does he know which healthcare policy he wants for his own country?
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.
Ben Roback: The US government shutdown left both sides in Washington playing the blame game, but neither has won
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.
Regional allies will be reassured by the President’s presence as White House watchers try to see what ‘America First’ means overseas.
Ben Roback: Republican Wars. Establishment congressmen v Trump’s backers – and the President himself. Who will win?
His high-risk legislative strategy seems to be based on writing off 2017-18, and relying on the midterm elections returning a much more supportive caucus.
A president who is quick to attack friends and allies needs to bring other world leaders into his coalition.
This could be a rare area where the President and Republican legislators are united in pursuit of a common goal.
No president should be an island. Indeed, no president can afford to be.