0348 GMT December 14, 2017
In a matter of days, Trump has burned bridges all around him, nearly imploded a deal with Democratic lawmakers to protect young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, and plunged himself into the culture wars on issues ranging from the national anthem to birth control, The Washington Post reported, citing numerous White House officials and outside advisers.
According to the report, Trump has caused public anger over sensitive issues such as birth control and the controversial national anthem.
Another hot button issue which destroyed a deal with Democratic legislators was to back the so-called "Dreamers" -- young immigrants brought to the country – which he cancelled to appease his supporters. He ordered to dismantle the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was supposed to protect nearly 800,000 immigrants.
In recent days, Trump has shown flashes of fury and left his aides, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, struggling to manage his outbursts.
One Trump confidant described the president to “pressure cooker,” saying that when he does not blow off steam, he can explode. “I think we are in pressure cooker territory,” said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
US Senator Bob Corker’s brutal assessment of Trump’s competence for leadership — warning that the president’s reckless behavior could launch the nation “on the path to World War III” — also hit like a thunderclap inside the White House, where aides feared possible ripple effects among other Republicans in Congress.
Trump is also facing political head winds, including from his so-called populist base. The president has complained to numerous White House aides about his concerns over his popularity with “my people,” according to people briefed on White House deliberations.
“Donald Trump got elected with minority support from the American electorate, and most of his efforts thus far are focused on energizing and solidifying the 40 percent of Americans who were with him, primarily by attacking the 60 percent who were not,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres said. “That is great for his supporters, but it makes it very difficult to accomplish anything in a democracy.”