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Media: Trump returns to the White House after a devastating vacation on Monday
After a devastating two-week "work vacation", US President Donald Trump will return to the newly renovated White House on Monday. It seems questionable whether he will succeed in making a fresh start after his controversial remarks on right-wing extremist violence in Charlottesville and the departure of his ultra-right chief strategist Steve Bannon. A first test could be the President's appearance in front of his supporters on Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona.
With Trump's refusal to distance himself clearly from the march of neo-Nazis, members of the racist Ku Klux Klan and other right-wing extremists in Charlottesville, in which a counter-demonstrator was killed, his presidency had hit a new low last week. More and more business leaders and a church leader left his advisory bodies, the committee for the arts and humanities dissolved itself on Friday (local time) because of Trump's "hateful rhetoric". Trump's approval ratings plummeted to a new record low.
Within Trump's own Republican Party, too, there were increasing voices criticizing the president more or less openly or, as in the case of Senator Bob Corker, questioning his qualifications as head of state. On Friday, Trump separated from his controversial chief strategist Bannon.
The architect of Trump's successful presidential campaign returned to the top of the ultra-right Internet portal "Breitbart News" that same day. He announced that from now on he would fight for his goals from the outside.
"If there is any confusion out there, let me make it clear: I'm leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his adversaries - in Congress, in the media and American companies," the 63-year-old told Bloomberg . At the same time, however, he announced that Trump's presidency, "for which we fought and won", was over. Trump himself thanked Bannon's "services" on Saturday via the online service Twitter.
Some political analysts viewed Bannon's departure as a turning point in Trump's seven-month presidency. After months of camp fighting in the White House, they see it as a victory for the moderate forces under the new chief of staff, John Kelly. The tax reform promised by Trump is now an important project.
How Trump's agenda will look after the departure of his chief adviser remains in the dark. After putting right-wing extremist demonstrators in Charlottesville and their opponents on an equal footing last week, he congratulated the tens of thousands of counter-demonstrators at a far-right rally in Boston on Saturday for their commitment "against fanaticism and hatred".
At the same time, however, the Democratic Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, fears that the US President could use the rally of his supporters on Tuesday to pardon ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is controversial for his crackdown on illegal immigrants. A court recently found Arpaio guilty of disregarding a court order to stop discriminatory traffic checks on immigrants. Should Trump pardon the ex-sheriff, his real goal would become clear: "To further divide our nation," warned Stanton.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin meanwhile defended the US President. This in no way supports the "deeds of those who are filled with hatred and with the intention of harming others," said Mnuchin on Twitter on Saturday. He added that he wanted to continue Trump's "program". More than 350 of his former fellow students at the elite Yale University had previously asked the Jewish minister to resign "immediately" in view of the events in Charlottesville.
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