President Trump likes to move fast. The public isn't thrilled.
Almost half (47 percent) of those polled in a recent Gallup survey said that President Trump, right, is "moving too fast to address the major problems facing the country today." One of the hallmarks of Donald Trump's 14-day-old presidency is speed. The 45th president of the United States was fond of saying on the campaign trail that most politicians did too little and that he would be a man of action if he got into the White House. It was — and is — a point of pride for him.
"The administration has already racked up more than 60 significant actions," White House press secretary Sean Spicer boasted at Friday's news briefing, noting that the total included "21 executive actions, 16 meetings with foreign leaders and 10 stakeholder meetings." It's clear that Trump views his willingness to make decisions — and fast — as a major feather in his cap. No dawdling for this president. Just making good on his campaign promises and being tough — I mean, cordial — with foreign leaders. It's part and parcel of his brand. The speed of the early days of the Trump administration sits less well with the average American, according to new numbers from Gallup. Almost half (47 percent) of those polled said that Trump is "moving too fast to address the major problems facing the country today." Thirty-five percent said Trump is moving at the right speed, and 10 percent said he isn't moving fast enough.
Steve Bannon's apocalyptic worldview about civilization's coming 'trial by fire'
According to a TIME magazine profile on Donald Trump's right-hand man, Steve Bannon has an obsession with the book "The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny."
Business Insider called the fascination concerning. It outlines that every 80 to 100 years, the world cycles through a cataclysmic event that upsets the "old ways" of doing things and brings in a new one "in a trial of fire."
The book claims that the last two Americans experienced were during the Civil War and the Reconstruction, and then the Great Depression and World War II. It could easily be argued that 9/11 upset the "old way" the United States did things, not merely in government but in travel and the way Americans live their daily lives. However, Bannon, like authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, believe we're in another "Fourth Turning" currently.
Each major event was marred by famine, poverty and death and forced the country to rebuild a new country. It's sparked by a destabilizing event and the rebuilding only comes after a war.
Senior finance correspondent Linette Lopez argues that is the source of the concern. Bannon believes the only way to usher in a new world order is with a "massive reckoning" that results in conflict. He's already shown he's willing and eager to enact policies that disrupt the existing laws of the land. Lopez fears he's attempting to bring about his own "Fourth Turning" using Trump's White House to do it.
According to a Vanity Fair interview, Bannon described Trump as a "blunt instrument for us ... I don't know whether he really gets it or not."
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Trump administration tightens Iran sanctions, Tehran hits back
WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on Iran, which it said were just "initial steps" and said Washington would no longer turn a "blind eye" to Iran's hostile actions. The sanctions on 25 individuals and entities were the opening salvo by President Donald Trump who has vowed a more aggressive policy against Tehran and came two days after the administration had put Iran 'on notice' following a ballistic missile test. "The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran's provocations that threaten our interests," National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said. "The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over," Flynn said in a White House statement.Suggesting that more concrete action could follow if Iran does not curb its ballistic missile program and continues support in regional proxy conflicts, a senior administration official said the latest sanctions were the initial steps in response to Iran's "provocative behavior". The administration was "undertaking a larger strategic review" of how it responds to Iran.Iran denounced the sanctions as illegal and said it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping "regional terrorist groups", state TV quoted a Foreign Ministry statement as saying. Those affected under the sanctions cannot access the U.S. financial system or deal with U.S. companies and are subject to secondary sanctions, meaning foreign companies and individuals are prohibited from dealing with them or risk being blacklisted by the United States.