Barack Obama’s foreign policy was characterised as leading from behind.
Trump’s doctrine may come to be understood as retreating from the front.
On Steve Bannon’s office setup at the White House:
He also began moving furniture out. The point was to leave no room for anyone to sit. Limit discussion. Limit debate. This was war.
So far, Mr Trump has governed mainly as a traditional Republican “pluto-populist”, delivering policies to the plutocracy and rhetoric to his angered base.
Barack Obama delivered to black people the hoary message that if they work twice as hard as white people, anything is possible.
But Trump’s counter is persuasive: Work half as hard as black people, and even more is possible.