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In icing out British ambassador, Trump's found critic he can punish

A Fox News poll conducted in August 2017 suggested that nearly half of Americans viewed Trump himself as almost entirely incompetent. Foto: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The newly released descriptions of President Donald Trump's administration sound like scores of other assessments that have emerged since his inauguration.

The White House has indeed been "dogged from day one by stories of vicious infighting and chaos," according to multiple press reports. To that end, there are not signs "that this Administration is going to become substantially more normal" than it has been since its outset or any "less dysfunctional, less unpredictable" or "less faction-riven." The author of these descriptions warned at one point that the administration could "denounce the (World Trade Organization), tear up existing trade details, (and) launch protectionist action, even against allies" - all of which to some extent actually occurred. The crowds at Trump's political rallies, he wrote, are generally "almost exclusively white," and the rhetoric Trump feeds them is "incendiary, and a mix of fact and fiction."..

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