Trump and the power of chaos

Chaos can work in politics, war and business by destabilising your rivals, but it has its limits

So many people have been leaving the White House, said President Donald Trump this month. "It's actually been really exciting and invigorating. I like chaos. It really is good." It is not clear whether he was joking - the remark was made during a light-hearted dinner speech - but, for Mr Trump's sake, one hopes he meant it.

The past one month has seen the resignation of his communications director Hope Hicks, the downgrading of his son-in-law Jared Kushner's security clearance, the resignation of his senior economic adviser Gary Cohn, the sacking-by-tweet of secretary of state Rex Tillerson, the escorting-out-of-the-building of his aide John McEntee and the firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. Now national security adviser H.R. McMaster has gone too.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 25, 2018, with the headline 'Trump and the power of chaos'. Print Edition | Subscribe