Donald Trump has added eight more countries to his US travel ban
Turbulence and tumult have become de rigour in politics once more under the irascible clasp of Donald Trump. It was seemingly without pausing for breath that the former businessman began disrupting the political norm upon his shock winning of last year's Presidential election, and the man with the permanent tan has barely looked back since.
Those who had remained hopeful that Trump would temper some of his more divisive policy ideas - as well as his polarising, incendiary rhetoric - once he gained the office of the Presidency will have been left dismayed by the President's wilful pursuant of those same objectives.
If Donald Trump's presidency can be characterised as anything, it is the chaotic and unpredictable; the President and his team have lurched with apparent alacrity from mishap to misstep, waging a war of words with the media he so reviles.
The tone for what we have witnessed from the Trump administration was set early and with gusto; mere days after assuming the Presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to ban entry to the United States for several countries.
That ban, as well as a subsequent redraft intended as a 'lite' version of the original, were both blocked in court. However, a new travel ban, set to be introduced next month, has now been announced, in a move that is described as "more far-reaching" than previous drafts, according to the New York Times.
Citing possible threats to national security, the new order will ban the majority of citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from entering the United States, while individuals from Iraq and certain groups from Venezuela will be required to adhere to heightened security measures and some restrictions.
President Trump's initial travel ban lead to scenes of chaos and confusion at airports across America when it was introduced practically without warning in January, while the revised draft introduced in March expired on Sunday after 90 days.
In the wake of the new directive, President Trump took to Twitter, writing, "Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet."
“As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people", reads the proclamation from President Trump, which is thought to hold the same weight as an executive order. The restrictions will remain in place until the nations named in the new directive “satisfactorily address the identified inadequacies.”
Meanwhile, the President continues to trade barbs on all fronts, including becoming embroiled in a bitter row with NFL teams and players over their decision to kneel during the national anthem in a peaceful form of protest.
President Trump's tweets have been roundly criticised by many around the league, who have been left dismayed by his apparent disdain for peaceful protest. The President urged teams to "fire or suspend" players - a piece of advice that has been roundly ignored by owners and coaches across the NFL.