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US President Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office Monday after a two-week vacation rife with chaos -- and the dark clouds plaguing his fledgling presidency show no signs of clearing up.
Seven months after taking office the real estate magnate's approval rating has plunged to a record low. And far from striking a more unifying tone, Trump's words and actions continue to feed the sense of a rudderless presidency, lurching from one self-generated crisis to the next.
Al Gore, a former Democratic vice president, advised Trump to "resign." Mitt Romney, a recent Republican presidential nominee, urged the president to "acknowledge that he was wrong" and "apologize."
Parts of the business world are now openly voicing exasperation with Trump, as members of his own Republican party -- long "off the record" -- grow more audible and assertive.
"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful," Republican Senator Bob Corker uttered in one chiseled phrase, capturing the growing sentiment that Trump's unpredictability cannot sustain his four-year presidential term.
With his return to Washington, number one on the president's to-do list is tax reform.
Delivering on that campaign promise would mark Trump's first significant legislative achievement since his January swearing-in.
His verbal attacks on top members of Congress have cooled relations between the White House and Capitol Hill, but lawmakers with next year's midterm elections on the mind also fear an open clash.
Top Republican lawmakers Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell "recognize Trump for what he is, and there's no love lost," said Larry Sabato, a politics professor at the University of Virginia.
"But they have to protect their members on the ballot in November 2018," he told AFP.
"They have no choice but to work with Trump, and Trump knows that and enjoys playing with them as a cat would a cornered mouse."Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2017, 09:14