WASHINGTON – The The year 2018 has been another tumultuous stage for President Donald Trump at the White House, whose record remains, however, "enviable" mid-way through his mandate full of polemics.
Immigration, Russian investigation, Michael Cohen case, trade war, President Trump had a difficult year that saw the specter of his dismissal reappear but without hindering the progress of his political program.
On the whole, the American president, after two years, succeeded in fulfilling most of his most controversial election promises, according to several observers.
The year 2018 was undoubtedly marked by a drastic reinforcement of migration policies. Ignoring criticism even from his own Republican camp, Trump restricted asylum claims, reduced the admission of refugees to the United States to record levels, and ended the "Dreamers" program.
The new regulatory turn of events provoked a wave of indignation in the United States, which turned into a general mobilization after the crisis of separated clandestine migrant families on the border with Mexico, pushing Donald Trump to back off.
However, growing opposition to the US administration's migration policies did not prevent the White House leader from clinging to the project of building a wall along the border with Mexico.
In Congress, the differences over the financing of this project plunged the United States into a partial shutdown that has lasted for several days.
Protectionism, Syria, Iran, the promises kept by Donald Trump
At the same time, Trump took over in 2018 his campaign slogan, "America First" to further mark US isolationism. In the wake, the president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement and declared a trade war with China through the increase in tariffs he has also imposed on the European partners.
The withdrawal of US troops from Syria, announced this month, and which surprised the whole of the American political class, confirmed the line of conduct of "America First", advocated by Donald Trump.
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The United States no longer wants to be the policeman of the world or to bear the costs of wars abroad alone, the American president recently defended.
In the wake of this unexpected decision, Pentagon chief James Mattis and President Trump's special envoy to the anti-Daesh coalition, Brett McGurk, resigned in protest of the move.
The departure of Mattis and McGurk thus extends the long list of layoffs and resignations in the US administration. The year 2018 also saw the departure of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Ambassador Nikki Haley, White House strategist Steve Bannon, and General Mc Master, former National Chief. Security Council (NSC).
The Russian Investigation Increasingly Menacing
Isolated, the president faced in 2018 a wave of unprecedented criticism regarding his management. The revelations of his relatives, portray an unflattering portrait of the 45th President of the United States.
Of the three overwhelming Trump books released this year, that of Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who had investigated the Watergate scandal, was the most anticipated in the United States for the shocking revelations it contained. .
A few days before the publication of this book, the New York Times published an explosive tribune attributed to a senior official of the US administration who testified under the seal of anonymity of the amorality of the president.
Since these revelations, the vice has tightened around President Trump after his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced in December to three years in prison for violating the campaign finance law.
Cohen, who admitted to having lied to the FBI about a real estate project in Russia involving the President of the United States, agreed to collaborate with the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, who has been leading for a year and a half explosive investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 campaign.
Mueller's investigation is dangerously close to Trump, suspicions of collusion with Russia intensify around his lawyer who reportedly made a visit to Prague in 2016 where he met Russian officials, according to the latest revelations.
Despite the progress of the survey that keeps the United States in suspense, Trump seems reinforced by the results of the mid-terms and is already on 2020.
The chief executive of the US boasts an economic record never achieved by his predecessors able to give him a head start over his conquerors. Confident in his chances, Trump has already started a real electoral machine in anticipation of this deadline.