‘And then there were none.’ Alarm has been sounded abroad and in DC, including within the GOP, about the abrupt resignation of James Mattis, one of the original four ‘grown-ups’ in Trump’s cabinet and the last one left standing. His brutally clear resignation letter implicitly accused Trump of betraying allies and failing to recognise the threat posed by enemies like Russia.
The concern is that a Trump-clone replacement for Mattis will lead to even wilder foreign policy whims being acted out. The media are talking of it being a ‘watershed’ moment.
The Trump Administration chart, 20 January 2017 12 noon, Washington, DC, does have a de-stabilising tr Pluto square Uranus exact at the moment till mid January and repeating on and off till late 2019. It has been around earlier this year so isn’t the first major wobble.
On the Term chart Uranus is tied in to Jupiter by opposition and square a 9th house Pluto – which is a control-freak and chancer’s charter, homing in on foreign affairs and legal arguments. When tr Pluto moves to square the Jupiter from mid February onwards, on and off till late 2020, there are likely to be more outrageous breaches of political etiquette with niceties being tramped across and possible conflicts with regulatory authorities.
2019 will rock n’ roll on with tr Uranus square the Admin Sun in March, followed by an undermining, unpopular, disappointing tr Neptune conjunct Venus in April.
Trump’s relationship with both Republican charts isn’t looking great. There are huge upsets on the GOP 22 February 1856 one from now till mid-February 2019 with tr Uranus conjunct the composite Sun and more thereafter which suggests splits are becoming more obvious.
Where the most obvious fall-off-perch moment comes on Trump’s Term chart is late 2019/early 2020 when the Solar Arc Pluto moves to close the square to Uranus to exact; and indeed the square to Jupiter. Before then he’s likely to cross several lines that even die-hard fans will quail at. Though quite what given how much they’ve swallowed to date – most recently ‘shocking illegality’ in the Trump charitable Foundation plus plus plus.
I can’t decide whether poor America is more in need of sympathy than totally chaotic UK.