Politicians 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as his son Barron Trump looks on at the end of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on 21 July 2016 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As the world struggles to come to terms with Donald Trump's election on 9 November, many Americans are wondering what kind of country the billionaire wants the US to be.

In the aftermath of the vote there was speculation that Trump would cease his late-night Twitter rants, but his recent spat with China over Taiwan suggests that was wishful thinking. Likewise, his background as a reality TV star has been apparent in his parading of candidates for cabinet jobs past the media like Apprentice contestants.

After Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John Bolton and John Huntsman were suggested as candidates for secretary of state, Trump is now considering ExxonMobil tycoon Rex Tillerson for the job, a man who is known to be close to Vladimir Putin, but has no diplomatic experience.

While Democrats lick their wounds after Hillary Clinton's loss, even those Republicans who opposed Trump see his election as an opportunity to pursue a hard right wing agenda on economic policy and issues such as abortion. With their control of both the House and the Senate, they are relatively free to do so.

In this week's instalment of In the Field, we speak to Melissa Deckman, a professor of Political Science at Washington College, and James Tennent, an IBTimes UK correspondent based in Washington DC.