How much does Donald Trump weigh? On the scales of history, that is. A US president must mount them for a provisional judgment at the two-year mark. It was clear by George W Bush’s biennial, in 2003, that he was to be a leader of vast if messy consequence. The 9/11 attacks saw to that. It was almost as plain by Bill Clinton’s, in 1995, that Republican spoilers in Congress would make his a welterweight presidency at best. As for Trump, current form suggests a certain flimsiness. On Tuesday, his first televised address from the Oval Office was devoted to a wall that he is powerless to build. He lacks the funds because he lacks the congressional votes. Outside his undampably loyal following there is little public clamour for his signature policy. When he seemed open to a compromise, blowhards on his own side discouraged him from re-opening the shuttered federal government. A man with such a fine nose for human weakness must smell that he himself presently reeks of the stuff. All the sa...

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