The American president had based his campaign on the promise to unravel everything that had been put in place by his predecessor. For the moment, this is not the case.
Donald Trump promised to dismantle all the measures taken under the Obama era and to do the opposite of his predecessor that he has constantly insulted and criticized. But six months after its installation in power, its administration keeps a strongly obamaian perfume. It is not entirely by taste. Donald Trump, for example, has just taken a stinging defeat by failing to replace the Obamacare, the major reform of his predecessor. For months, Congress, dominated by the Republicans, tried to vote a Trumpcare, but to no avail. Conservatives and moderates of his own party did not come to agree. It is a huge slap for the president. First of all, Obamacare ‘ Against his campaign promises. Secondly, because these interminable negotiations caused him to lose precious time. But especially because the Republicans risk paying dearly in the legislative elections next year if their base, to whom they have promised for seven years the abolition of this reform, rebel.
That’s not all. In the same week, the Trump administration renewed the Iranian nuclear accord, the biggest success of Obama’s second term in foreign policy. This is the second time since January. The United States, under the Treaty, must “certify” the agreement every 90 days, ie: ensure that Iran complies with the terms.
That’s not all. President Obama’s high-wage taxes are still in place, the United States still has diplomatic relations with Cuba and immigration, Donald Trump has not revoked another measure of Obama, Which protects 750,000 young immigrants who arrived illegally as children in the United States from deportation. As for the fight against Daech, the plan of the new administration to rely on local allied forces to crush it looks like two drops of water to that of the old one.
This does not mean that Donald Trump did nothing. He managed to pass measures that destroyed environmental regulations, dismantled Obama’s climate policy, tougher the policy on immigration, re-launched pipeline projects … He also asked his teams to review the regulations Banking imposed after the crisis of 2007, as well as the agreement with Iran, and bets on the implosion of Obamacare.
The problem is that the Republicans are too divided to reach a compromise on health reform as well as on policy towards Iran. Not to mention the allies, who are hostile to a renegotiation of the treaty. This does not augur well for future debates on other priorities, namely infrastructure investments and reform of the Tax Code. Donald Trump, instead of defending a policy and trying to convince public opinion or Democrats of its merits, is stuck in the Russian affair and prefers to the tweeter. The week before the failure of the health reform, he sent about sixty tweets. Only six were Trumpcare, less than those promoting a golf tournament in one of its country clubs.