If the actions completed so far by the Donald Trump administration had been conducted in lesser known countries, there would have been cries of authoritarianism and of dictatorship. The actions: travel restrictions, immigration crack downs, omission and exclusion of some media houses, the manufacture of untrue terror events and the creation of alternative facts, all speak of an attempt to authoritarianism.
Yet, the United States(US) has never and will never be a dictatorship because of checks and balances reserved under the Constitution to maintain and to sustain free and fair governance.
However, the freedoms and rights of the Republic continue to be tested by the new administration in Washington, DC. Yesterday's exclusion of major media houses, including the BBC-News, CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Politico, from an informal briefing with the White House, underscores the continuing stresses and tests to the American tradition of fair and open democratic government.
The Trump administration must be reminded that it is not bigger than the Republic. Rather, the administration must function as a server of the Republic and not vice versa. That repeated events have challenged the free democratic exercise of the Republic, then the time has come for the people to establish specific and explicit courses of action, to always keep the Trump administration within the scope and perimeters of the Constitution and within the tenets of a democratic government, whereby preventing any ascension to dictatorship.