Donald Trump

100 days then and now

Featured image USA Today rounded up a panel of observers to grade President Trump on his first 100 days in office. It’s a tough crowd. Five of the 10 contributors award Trump a D or lower. Glenn Reynolds stands out in the crowd. Glenn teaches law, presides over InstaPundit and writes a regular column for USA Today. He awards Trump an A+. Grade inflation has nothing to do with it. His case »

Trump Is More Trusted than Political Media

Featured image Well, to be fair, almost anyone is more trusted than the national political media. Morning Consult reports on a poll of more than 2,000 Americans: Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29 percent opted for the media. Responses to this question are of course highly partisan, but independents, like Republicans, trust the Trump administration more than the political media: But the »

A theory of Trump

Featured image My friend Charles Kesler is a learned and a witty man. He is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and presides over the Claremont Review of Books as its editor. He puts his his historical knowledge to use in postulating a theory of Trump for readers of the New York Times in — hold on to your hat! — “Donald Trump is a real Republican, and »

My Easley problem–and ours

Featured image The Hill’s Jonathan Easley contacted me earlier today via Twitter to complain that I had erred in my post asserting his failure to identify any happy campers among the invited guests at the White House reception for conservative media this past Monday afternoon.  He pointed to a quote from John Fredericks praising the event in the first of his two Hill stories airing the guests’ complaints. Easley therefore stated that »

Not at the White House with Trump

Featured image The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports on the reception for conservative media at the White House late Monday afternoon. Easley himself didn’t attend the event. Easley relays the complaints of frustrated guests. Easley tentatively recounts a few of the questions asked at the event. For some reason he omits Trump’s answers. We see as through a glass darkly. Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it. The limitations of »

At the White House with Trump

Featured image Entering the White House through the visitors’ entrance at the northwest corner of the grounds, I heard a uniformed Secret Service officer calling a colleague inside: “Press is coming in. Don’t let them wander around the West Wing.” Well, they’ve got my number, I thought to myself. Directed to the press briefing room, the invited conservative media guests were gathering in advance of the reception called for 5:00 p.m. I »

Breaking: Trump to impose tariff on Canadian soft lumber

Featured image I just left the reception for conservative news media held in the Roosevelt Room of the White House late this afternoon. I will write up a fuller account later. For the moment I want to report President Trump’s announcement that he would be imposing a 20 percent tariff or tax on softwood lumber imported from Canada. President Trump was accompanied by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. He invited Ross to »

What is Trump’s approval rating?

Featured image President Trump’s current approval rating isn’t very important right now (though it may be to President Trump), but all of us would like to know what that rating is. In its latest survey, Rasmussen puts the approval number at 51 percent, with 49 percent disapproving. This is Trump’s best showing in a Rasmussen poll since early March. However, Trump’s approval rating has hovered at close to 50 percent for the »

Is Trump panicking? Should conservatives?

Featured image John notes that some Republicans may be panicking about the Trump administration. He argues that such panic would not be justified. The question I want to raise is whether President Trump is panicking? The answer, I think, is no. However, there are signs that he may be a bit unnerved and that he’s overreacting to early setbacks. The Trump administration is nearing the 100-day mark. This represents a non-event — »

Trump to host conservative media

Featured image …including us. Hadas Gold reports in Politico that President Trump will welcome members of the conservative media for a small reception at the White House on Monday: “Among those attending: One America News Network, The Daily Caller and Breitbart, as well as some columnists and talk radio hosts.” If all goes according to plan, Power Line will be represented there too and I will have more later. The occasion of »

The Associated Press Interviews President Trump

Featured image President Trump gave an extended interview to the Associated Press’s Julie Pace, a liberal reporter who has done her best to oppose Trump. (See, e.g., here and here.) But Pace played it straight and Trump was expansive, to say the least. The Associated Press has now published a partial transcript of Pace’s interview with the president. It is well worth your time to read the entire interview. Trump is a »

From Russia with crud (2)

Featured image When the Trump campaign (allegedly) conspired with Putin to engineer the unlikely defeat of Hillary Clinton, did Putin get anything in return? Apparently not. The story line refuses to cohere. In the world according to the Democrats, however, if the facts don’t fit you must not acquit. You must recommit. Two months ago the sober Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow and foreign policy historian Walter Russell Mead impolitely noted that “Trump »

Donald Trump Asks a Good Question

Featured image Yesterday the Democrats organized Tax Day rallies across the country, where lefties demanded that President Trump release his tax returns. They generally weren’t well attended, but they achieved their principal purpose, which was to generate headlines in friendly newspapers–i.e., all of them. It was a coordinated national effort, so President Trump asked the obvious question: “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is »

Blues for Brooke Baldwin

Featured image CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin badly wanted Syrian guest Kassem Eid to trash President Trump. Eid is a 2013 gas attack survivor who now lives in Germany. Baldwin tried to recover after Eid did the unthinkable and actually expressed gratitude to Trump for the American reprisal targeting the Syrian air base from which this week’s sarin gas attacks had been launched by Assad. Baldwin was prepared with video cued up and »

The O’Donnell hypothesis

Featured image Michael Doran (@Doranimated) is the sagacious senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, author of Ike’s Gambit and former (G.W.) Bush administration National Security Council senior director. Among his invaluable essays on the Age of Obama are “Obama’s secret Iran strategy” and “Our man in Moscow” (that would be Obama’s buddy Vlad the Impaler). Doran generously declares this the moment when the left totally lost its mind (screenshot below). There is »

“Beyond a red line”

Featured image Asked yesterday by AP reporter Julie Pace about Syrian President Assad’s sarin gas attacks on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, President Trump responded: “It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line. Many, »

Touchy about Susan Rice

Featured image Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau demonstrates his verbal finesse on behalf of Susan Rice in connection with the “unmasking” controversy. Like his former boss — indeed, like Rice herself — he’s a strong believer in the persuasive power of the ipse dixit. If you say so. Got it. Students of ancient history may recall that it was Rice’s job (straight, no chaser) to know the events leading to the murder »