Why Trump's weakness masks US president's power

Four decades after Watergate, the 'imperial presidency' looks alive and well despite a slew of reforms

For all his bluster, Mr Donald Trump is generally seen by presidential observers as a shockingly weak president.

Brought to office in an election in which he lost the popular vote, his approval ratings have remained consistently low. Even with his party in control of the White House and Congress for two years, beyond a typical Republican tax cut, Mr Trump failed to secure a signature legislative accomplishment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2019, with the headline 'Why Trump's weakness masks US president's power'. Print Edition | Subscribe