News ID: 187748
Published: 2233 GMT 15 Feb 2017

What would Flynn's resignation mean for Trump?

What would Flynn's resignation mean for Trump?

By Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh

No more than a month has passed since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th US president. However, his decisions continue to spark fresh controversies on a daily basis and hit headlines across the globe.

He has made two major decisions since assuming office on January 20 which have resulted in a failure for his administration.

The first one pertains to his executive order against immigrants.

On January 27, Trump issued an order which suspended the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia — for 90 days and stopped all refugees from entering the country for 120 days. Syrian refugees were banned indefinitely.

However, a federal judge suspended his order and a court of appeals endorsed the ruling of the preliminary court.  This was a serious blow to the Trump administration which pushed him to adopt aggressive reactions against the country's judicial system.

The second decision pertains to the resignation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

He stepped down on Monday after revelations that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

The Republican billionaire pushed Flynn to leave his job to end the controversy surrounding the revelations.

These developments can be construed as the end of a dream pursued by Trump.

He though that he would be able to manage the US like his company and that his orders would be enforced with no trouble.

However, the suspension of Trump's order and the resignation of Flynn show that the US political structure does not allow the president to press ahead with his unilateral plans.

These two events also indicate that Trump has failed to fulfill parts of the promises he made in his presidential campaign.

The resignation of the retired military general will also impact US-Iran ties.

Flynn was a key figure in formulation of Trump's anti-Iran strategy. On February 3, in an official statement he warned Iran that it was “on notice” after the Islamic Republic test-fired a missile.

His removal from office may hinder Trump's anti-Iran efforts. However, the White House is able to mobilize support against Iran in the US.

Nonetheless, the Islamic Republic's policies are based on national interests which make it difficult for Washington to considerably impact them.

 

 

   
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