Once optimistic he could use the powers of his office to coerce well-timed wins, Trump now finds his efforts running up against political headwinds, regulatory burdens and plain reality. He is days away from reaching the last feasible point in his administration when promising something in "two weeks" will improve his electoral chances.
"When I knew Donald, pretty much everything always broke his way. There was always somebody there to clean up his mess. There was always somebody there to hand him hundreds of millions of dollars to bail him out," said Mary Trump, the President's niece who recently published a scathing account of his upbringing. "He is in a completely different universe right now where nobody is left, really, to help him out of the jams he keeps getting himself into. And I think that's the pressure he's feeling, honestly."