The ‘special relationship’ is under strain on several fronts, but the President remains one of the strongest and most important international supporters of Brexit.
Ben Roback: Children in cages – part of Trump’s playbook for the mid-terms and the next presidential election
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.
Ben Roback: From tariffs on historic allies to berating Mueller, can we predict where the President will go next?
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.
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.