He has been president for more than a year — so why is he still holding rallies? By CHARLES HOMANSAPRIL 9, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story It was in the last half-hour of Donald Trump’s speech in Moon Township, Pa., that a sense of what exactly it was that I was watching — what I and everyone else had been watching throughout Trump’s presidency to that point — finally clicked into place with startling clarity. This was in early March, in an unexpectedly pristine hangar by the Pittsburgh airport, its white floor buffed to a shine in which I could make out my reflection. The implicit purpose of the event was to bring some Trump magic to a fellow Republican’s faltering campaign. Moon Township is in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, which Trump won in 2016 by nearly 20 points and where in three days, the Republican state representative Rick Saccone would narrowly lose a special … [Read more...] about The Post-Campaign Campaign of Donald Trump
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Behind the closed doors of White House power, a lean, intense 30-something man invariably takes a position at Donald Trump’s side. Listening. Hard. Listening and scribbling. Random asides. Quips. Momentary inspirations uttered and quickly forgotten. They all sluice into the walking, breathing database that is Stephen Miller, the White House wordsmith and behind-the-scenes power broker whose job is to harness the thoughts and ideas of the least tamable of presidents. The whole mix must then be channeled into remarks that are both presidential and Trumpish. Trump’s first State of the Union — given its importance, as well as the array of subjects and governmental turfs it’s likely to touch on — is sure to be much more of a collaborative effort than many of the president’s addresses. High-profile speeches are generally built with input from an array of White House advisers and administrators, and depending on the topic other high-ranking officials within … [Read more...] about Why writing speeches for Donald Trump is a perilous high-wire act
President Donald Trump's unprecedented first year in office has seen White House turnover, vitriolic tweetstorms, high-stakes investigations, and a widespread "resistance" movement take shape.It has also brought a string of Trump executive orders, and the failure to upend "Obamacare" followed by Trump's biggest legislative victory — tax reform.As Trump prepares to give his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, here is a look at how his executive orders, priorities and sway over the Republican Party have reverberated in Arizona.WHAT TRUMP SAID: "Phoenix crowd last night was amazing - a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!"WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR: President Donald Trump's feuds with Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake — both Arizona Republicans — carried over from the 2016 presidential race into Trump's first year in the Oval Office. Flake upped … [Read more...] about How Donald Trump’s first year in office has changed Arizona
By most political measures, Donald Trump shouldn’t be in the White House. That’s not an assessment of his policies or fitness for the job. Rather, it’s judging by the rules that once seemed to govern presidential campaigning. Trump never held office, never served in government or spent a day in military uniform. His campaign was slipshod; he was vastly outspent by his Democratic rival and faced strong Republican opposition after a hostile takeover of the GOP. Perhaps most striking, more than 60% of those surveyed thought Trump was unqualified to be president the day he was elected. The same exit polls found Trump viewed favorably by fewer than 4 in 10 Americans; only 1 in 3 considered him “honest and trustworthy.” Those are the sort of vital signs that should render a candidate dead on arrival, election day being the occasion of their unceremonious burial. Trump, though, had the great fortune to face an opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who was also … [Read more...] about One year in, is Donald Trump’s presidency a fluke or a political turning point?
It turns out Donald Trump’s greatest strength in the 2016 presidential race was not his business acumen but rather Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity. Tens of millions of Americans were so turned off by Clinton’s representation of establishment politics that they took a chance on an unorthodox candidate with zero political experience. And by Saturday, the one-year anniversary of his inauguration and first full day of a government shutdown, it appears Trump can’t fix Washington either. “When they look back at their vote, what they wanted was some type of shake up the system, they chose to take the risk with the outsider…in order to shake up the system,” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political strategist based in Sacramento, California. “What you can’t abandon is expertise.” Democrats and some Republicans quickly blamed Trump for failing to negotiate a deal with Congress to keep the government open after it ran out of money Friday … [Read more...] about Trump victory? Credit Clinton loathing, not dealmaker skill, after shutdown