Trump capable of responding to changes
US President Donald Trump has been in the office for 100 days, during which he has attracted enormous media attention. Yin Xiaohuang, lifetime professor of the Occidental College, reviewed the performance of the president both in terms of his gains and losses in an interview with the sino-us.com, commenting that Trump’s efforts in diplomacy have surpassed those in domestic affairs. Here are his comments.
 
Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, it has become a tradition to evaluate a president after his first 100 days. The American political circles, academia and public all pay attention to it, and Trump is no exception.
 
I’ve got three points to make.
 
First, Trump’s performance is regarded as barely satisfactory. The American media gave him poor scores, with his ratings worse than any other US president in modern history. But this is just as expected considering Trump had won with a minority of the vote and 55 media groups out of a total of 57 were critical of him. 
Despite that, the fundamentals for his success remain there—those who have voted for him still show their support to him while those voting for Hillary are changing sides. At present, it seems the American public doesn’t like either party. They are not dissatisfied with Trump but with politics.
 
Besides, Trump has not made any serious mistakes or involved in scandal during the period. As a businessman-cum-president, he acts quickly to grasp opportunities and reacts with changes, unlike the politicians who have social or historical burdens.
 
For example, when he found out the problem with Mike Flynn, he ousted him without hesitation; when he found Steven Bannon has got a different concept of governing a state, he distanced himself from him, not allowing him to join the National Security Council. So, Trump is capable of swift response, having the situation under control.
 
Second, we can see now that Trump is better at diplomacy than managing domestic affairs. He has gained breakthroughs in diplomacy while making little progress in domestic affairs. When he first took office, the Sino-US relations were tense, but he remedied the situation soon. He made friendly gestures by sending his daughter and son-in-law to celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival. Especially, he built mutual trust with China through the Florida summit.
 
Trump had harshly judged the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) before becoming president and thus disagreements arose between the US and European countries. After he ascended to office, he changed his attitude and eased the relationship. His move in Syria has dispelled the American public’s suspicion about him conspiring with Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, he has made no progress at home, with the immigration act and medical insurance policy all hitting an impasse.
 
Third, it seems Trump’s leadership and governing style and principles have been taken shape, which feature flexibility and would not follow the common template. He’s a man of feelings, different from his predecessors. He tends to place more value on economic benefits, and is not bounded by political notions. And he has a clear personal preference for employing persons, so he has more trust on family members. 
 
 

Related Stories
Share this page
Touched Sympathetic Bored Angry Amused Sad Happy No comment

Trump nominee for China ambassador promises firm line on BeijingThe House That Never Dies Ⅱ is based on real storiesChina-US relations: Promoting mutual benefit#China Newsweek#Google scientist predicts blurring of human-machine distinctions in futurePresident Donald Trump says he wants to solve Korean Peninsula issue 'diplomatically'Shipeng Li: Chinese AI can lead the worldStephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence may supersede humans, disrupt economyNetflix clinches deal with China’s iQiyiChina’s booming online film market faces quality testChina's Xiongan New Area kicks off new round of reforms
< Prev Next >