The first seven lean days of Donald Trump

29/01/2017 (Al Arabya News – UAE by Hisham Melhem): He stormed Washington like a vengeful ill-wind. Donald Trump came to tame and to conquer Washington, like a Roman General entering the Eternal City. He saw, and desperately wanted to be seen by his adoring multitudes that came to see him and listen to him from the faraway provinces and to watch his coronation. He darkly spoke about a dangerous world, telling the people that he came to disrupt traditions and observed customs, not to preserve them or live by them. He used his words sparingly not to elucidate facts but to obfuscate them, not to reveal truths but to conceal them. This was the dawn of a not so brave new world, in which words and facts keep melting and changing their contours and meanings like the melting clocks in Salvador Dali’s painting The Persistence of Memory…

* Hisham Melhem is a columnist and analyst for Al Arabiya News Channel in Washington, DC.




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