We are closing in on the first hundred days of the Trump administration, and what we have is the making of a brand new culture of political staging, the likes which have never been seen in Washington, DC, before. I have taken my time to learn what this new regimen looks like and who are its main operatives or agents of implementation. Yes, there is definitely a new agenda at work in the White House, and it plays quite well in mainstream and fringe America bucking for change and is finally being heard loud and clear at the highest level of government. Like the smart politico that he is, Trump, with the help of some very savvy right wing economic nationalists, has found an opening to exploit this growing sense of popular unease as to what really constitutes fact as opposed to fiction. His strategy is basically control the message that the country is ready for big change because what may have worked in the past ostensibly is no longer effective as a national narrative or mythology. For starters, the United States, according to Trump, has experienced a considerable knockdown over the past couple of decades concerning its role as the global number one. Economically, geopolitically, and culturally America continually takes it on the chin when it comes to a significant loss of manufacturing jobs, growing trade deficits, rising debt, and a diminished place on the world diplomatic stage. To reverse these perceived hurts and trends, Trump has adopted a so-called anti-corporate brand of economic nationalism that embraces an increasing need for tariffs meant to restore jobs to white Americans in states that voted for him last fall. His enemies are any large corporations, think tanks, foreign governments, and investors not willing to jump on board to make America great again. To strengthen his conservative-libertarian base – standing right now at an anemic 33% rating – Trump has become very good at throwing political bones to those on the Right: Evangelical Christians are ever more confident that their opposition to abortion and Planned Parenthood is not only heard but acted on; access to the inner sanctum, through the traditional White House Press Corp, has been completely turned on its head with fringe groups being allowed to ask questions. The traditional media is now seen by the Trump people as the opposition party, a left-handed compliment meant to emphasize the fallen fortunes of the Democratic Party. Then there is that whirlwind of executive orders on everything from trying to dismantle Obamacare to imposing a temporary travel ban on certain Muslim states, a thinly veiled excuse for ordering up a review and overhaul of an ‘antiquated’ immigration policy in order to bolster national security. In all these measures, the White House has been hard at work creating, in the most sweeping of terms, a scenario of domestic and global instability that the President can only put right again by leading the country out of its funk. The problem with Trump’s plans are the methods he uses to make them happen: as a self-proclaimed, overweaning populist whose exclusive goal is enlightened self-interests , Trump may find it hard to garner much support abroad for this new order if jobs are his bottom-line. Listening to On Point this morning, I got the very clear impression that there is plenty of room for trading blocs like the EU and economies like China and Germany to push back with their own punishing tariffs if Trump imposes his. German corporations like Seimens and BMW create over 700k jobs alone in the US. In the end, Trump creates an Orwellian fog out there where facts are messed with in an attempt to create a new reality that he and his administration can rush to fix. Right now, the mist hasn’t dissipated enough to determine the lay of the land as Trump tries to reinvent a nation where over 65% of its people distrust his motives.