Trumped

Trumped

Donald Trump becomes US president on Friday. Since winning the election in November, Mr Trump has led an unusual transition.

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Donald Trump becomes US president on Friday.

Since winning the election in November, Mr Trump has led an unusual transition. Traditionally, presidents-in-waiting use this period to build their administration, get up to speed and ensure a smooth handover process. Donald Trump has opted for a far more disruptive approach.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, has been front and centre of the new president’s domestic agenda. While Mr Trump says he has a plan to replace the legislation with an improved universal health care program, it’s unlikely Republicans in Congress will support any such plan (if it exists at all).

On foreign policy, the president-elect has already started to ruffle feathers, questioning the One China Policy and labelling NATO “obsolete”.

Not all of Donald Trump’s nominations have panned out either. Monica Crowley, the president’s pick to be the National Security Council’s communications director, bowed out earlier this week after being accused of plagiarism. Trump’s labour and health secretary picks are also under pressure.

But the big question hanging over the Trump administration ­– and indeed populists the world over – is how he will govern. One thing’s for certain:

Donald Trump’s presidency will be historic. Only time will tell whether that’s for the right or wrong reasons.