Foreign Policy magazine saw that President Donald Trump has become the most powerful strongman in the world because of the protests in the United States against the background of the suffocation of African American citizen George Floyd suffocating after a police officer perched on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Trump's use of violence is not a sign of strength, but on the contrary it is a sign that reflects despair ... and it is extremely difficult to anticipate how far the wave of protests will reach and where it will lead the country," the magazine said in an article for Stephen Walt, professor of international relations at Harvard University. So far, it is very difficult for observers abroad to expect the nature of the spark that will push more protesters to take to the streets to participate in protests that can grow over time, especially in light of the government's response, which reinforces the explosion of popular anger.
In a related context, the Washington Post newspaper said in an article by writer Karen Tumulti that "President Trump has finally been able to build his wall that he dreamed of, but not on the southern borders of the United States with Mexico, but about the White House to protect it from the protesters."
The newspaper considered that "it is difficult to imagine a more appropriate analogy for Trump's presidency than turning the White House into a fortified castle ... Despite its boast about power and domination, the new multi-layered fence that struck around the White House last Thursday reveals the fact that the president is acting out of fear and not out of Power".
The newspaper pointed out that, "despite the peaceful demonstrators who gathered in the street opposite the White House, Trump set up a barrier between him and those crowds," wondering, "What is Trump's next step after the fence? Would it be to dig a ditch full of crocodiles and snakes that he once proposed to prevent immigrants from reaching the United States?" Across its borders with Mexico. ”
The newspaper concluded by saying that "the president who needs to be protected behind fences and barriers because he feels threatened by his citizens is a prisoner and not their leader."
It is noteworthy that the wave of mass protests sweeping the United States continues after the killing of Floyd, while Trump's hinting of the army's use to suppress the protests sparked widespread condemnation.