EA’s Political WorldView Podcast: Trump, the Muslim Ban, and US-UK “Special Relationship”

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PHOTO: Donald Trump with British Prime Minister Theresa May in the White House on Friday


Donald Trump’s first week as the 45th US President has been awash with controversy. After his fury over the smaller-than-desired crowds at the inaugural came the Executive Orders: reinstating a ban on US funding for foreign programs of family planning that include abortion, pulling out of trade talks, building The Wall with Mexico, resuming the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, and then the ban on entry to the US for citizens of seven countries.

What is the fallout from the Muslim Ban? And does the chaotic process for the orders point to an authoritarian government by Trump and his closest advisors?

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EA’s Political WorldView regulars Adam Quinn and Scott Lucas take on those questions and then dissect the calculations and outcomes around British Prime Minister Theresa May’s trip to Washington.

In between the items, the Numbers of the Week also have a Trumpian hue, from his popularity rating to his fight with The New York Times.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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