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To say that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration made waves in its initial weeks would be an understatement.Trump has already declared war on the adversarial American press, and held acrimonious telephone conversations with friendly countries' leaders.But to make sense of the new administration's overall performance, worried and perplexed observers inside the U.S. and around the world should follow five general guidelines, rather than focus too much on discrete events.During Trump's first two weeks, his administration consisted of just a few aides rattling around in the White House. Like its predecessors, the Trump administration will settle down and settle in – unless it doesn't.During the campaign, Trump attacked both of these crucial roles. Should his administration abandon them entirely, the world will become a poorer, more dangerous place.At the end of the day, no Republican president – not even Trump – can afford to ignore the captains of American industry and finance.The basic institutions of American governance have survived greater challenges than any that Trump may pose.Finally, a key question to consider is whether the Trump administration will be "normal".
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