What I couldn’t stop thinking about as I watched Trump on ‘Fox & Friends’

Under a brilliant morning sun, President Trump strode out of the White House and onto “Pebble Beach” for an “exclusive” interview with “Fox & Friends.” For 30 minutes, he held forth as lies and authoritarian utterances sluiced from his lips to the living rooms of his most fervent supporters. For instance, Trump said about North Korean […] …

Tim Kaine calls out the ‘glass jaws’ and ‘crybabies’ of the Trump White House

“Cape Up” is Jonathan’s weekly podcast talking to key figures behind the news and our culture. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. “Watch whether North Korea is asking for things that would make China really happy.” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is fine with dialogue between President Trump and North […] …

In Singapore, Trump tests the value of just showing up

Was President Trump’s summit in Singapore little more than the superficial equivalent of a ribbon-cutting? Was it just a cosmetic event, like turning over the first shovel of dirt at a decorated construction site? Maybe. It is a little ironic that today is President George H.W. Bush’s 94th birthday, as I am reminded of the […] …

Trump channels Rick James on that letter from North Korea

Such a big letter for such small-looking hands. But that’s not what caught my attention after the historic Oval Office meeting Friday between President Trump and Kim Yong Chol, a high-ranking emissary for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. It’s what happened when he strutted in front of the press that left me with a […] …

Was Trump’s letter to North Korea crazy or masterful?

Either by design or luck, President Trump has the North Koreans right where he wants them — at least for the time being. Life is all about having options and, if you think about it, President Trump has more options than Kim Jong Un. The president could go to the Singapore summit and try to reach an […] …

Trump follows Bolton’s lead on managing expectations for North Korea

President Trump got a little ahead of himself regarding North Korea, and Tuesday’s meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea confirms that he understood that. Speaking with Moon and then with the media, Trump tried to walk back expectations and clarify what the chances are for reaching an agreement and eliminating the threat of a nuclear […] …

Trump’s consequential presidency is beginning to show

For the Trump administration, the absence of disaster usually has to suffice as good news. Well, I wouldn’t say President Trump is on a roll, but he has had several good days. Specifically, the outcome of Tuesday’s Senate primaries made it more likely that the GOP will retain control of the Senate, the clean break […] …

We are entering a period of high stakes. Is the White House ready?

Since President Trump’s first day in office, the White House has been confronted by multiple challenges that would exhaust the resources of even the most tested and experienced administrations. Trump made many of these problems for himself with torturous and inexplicable personnel decisions, nerve-racking and morale-sapping firings and replacements, and an unending need to launch tweets with […] …