Category: Politics

The Deep Consistency of the Trump Administration

On Thursday, in an interview with the Christian news program CBN News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a sharp departure from his previous statements on the unfolding humanitarian crisis at the southern border. “The American people don’t like the idea that we are separating families,” Sessions said. “We never really intended to do that. What we intended to do, was…

Why Trump Keeps Creating Crises

It’s easy to survey the last 10 days in America and be flabbergasted at President Trump’s tendency to inflict politically bruising crises on himself. I know this because I had just that reaction on Wednesday, trying to make sense of his abrupt signing of an executive order intended to end separations of unauthorized immigrant families at the border. The current…

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: You’ve Barely Got Mail

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines President Trump told Republican lawmakers they should “stop wasting their time on immigration” until after the midterms. House Republican leadership has spent days struggling to get members on board with an immigration-reform bill, which is set for a vote next week after being postponed twice. Trump also spoke at a White…

What Krauthammer Meant to Conservatives of My Generation

In 1993, Charles Krauthammer delivered the commencement address at McGill University. Some 20 years earlier, he told the graduates, he had been sitting in the same seats. “What I shall offer you today,” he said, “is a reconnaissance report from a two-decade life expedition into the world beyond McGill College Avenue.” Sardonically likening himself to Marco Polo, Krauthammer said he…

Of Course Trump Backed Down on Family Separations

President Trump’s abrupt decision Wednesday to issue an executive order directing that immigrant children be detained with their parents, rather than separated, was surprising for its suddenness, but not for its substance. The president has worked hard to portray himself as a Churchillian rock, a leader who cannot be moved and never gives in. Even the press, which tends to…

How Trump drew back the curtain on America’s immigration cruelty

President Trump has abruptly reversed course on his administration’s vicious policy of separating migrant children from their parents. That decision came after a dizzying, circus-like week in which the president and his inept coterie of minions couldn’t decide whether to admit that the policy existed, or if it did, whether it was worth defending on its own terms or instead…

Don’t Blame Trump’s Advisers for Trump

Who can influence President Trump? Since the days of his presidential campaign, Trump-watchers have sought to explain his behavior by identifying whichever adviser influenced him on an issue. Trump’s critics see the president, ill-versed on policy, as an empty vessel for other people’s agendas. Liberals have focused on a rotating cast of Trump advisers as the villain of the moment,…