Donald Trump

The “witness intimidation” farce

Featured image Unlike John, I don’t consider the impeachment proceedings against President Trump a farce. However, aspects of the proceedings are farcical. Today, while Marie Yovanovitch, ambassador to Ukraine until Trump sacked her, was testifying before Adam Schiff’s committee, the president tweeted some negative things about her. He wrote: Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new »

What Trump wanted

Featured image In an unflattering column about President Trump called “Incompetence is not an impeachable offense,” Marc Thiessen writes: What we saw on display Wednesday were two dedicated, experienced career foreign policy officials who had been desperately trying to figure out what the president wanted — and inferring his intentions based on snippets of information from others. But their efforts to divine Trump’s desires presume that the president knew what he wanted. »

What were the consequences of temporarily withholding aid to Ukraine?

Featured image David Ignatius of the Washington Post instructs us to remember that “while Trump was playing politics on Ukraine, people who depended on U.S. military aid were getting killed and wounded.” Quite possibly, but Ignatius doesn’t present evidence that this is so. Instead, he cites casualties that occurred after Trump released the military aid: On Oct. 5, a man and a woman died after a grenade exploded in their apartment in »

Trump says he won’t campaign against Sessions

Featured image President Trump said last week that he will not campaign against Jeff Sessions, who has entered the race for the Senate nomination in Alabama. Trump has never gotten over the fact that, as Attorney General, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (the correct decision by Sessions, in my opinion). However, he has apparently decided not to work publicly to defeat »

Report: Zelensky was about to announce Biden investigation when aid was released

Featured image The New York Times reports that Ukraine’s president was about to yield to pressure from the White House to investigate the Bidens when, suddenly, the White House released the military aid it had been withholding. At that point, a relieved President Zelensky was free not to undertake the investigation. He did not undertake it. According to the Times, Zelensky wanted to avoid getting caught in the middle of American partisan »

Sondland revises testimony on quid pro quo

Featured image Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the EU and a key player in the dispute over what the Trump administration said or didn’t say to Ukraine about military aid, has revised his testimony to the House impeachment probers. He says the revision is the result of having his memory refreshed by the testimony of Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine. The Washington Post reports: In a “supplemental declaration” provided to »

Rate the Hate

Featured image On our Power Line VIP show last night, I raised the question of how the left’s hatred (including that of the mainstream media) of President Trump compares to its hatred of previous Republican presidents, especially Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. John, Scott, and I followed politics closely during all of these administrations. Steve is a historian and biographer of Reagan. Setting the left’s hate rating of Donald »

Nats visit White House, Kurt Suzuki wears MAGA hat

Featured image The Washington Nationals visited the White House today, as President Trump honored the team for winning the World Series. Not all of the Nats participated. As I noted here, Sean Doolittle announced early on that he would not attend. Anthony Rendon, Victor Robles, Michael A. Taylor, Joe Ross, Javy Guerra, and Wander Suero all were absent, as well. Guerra said he couldn’t come because he and his fiancee are preparing »

The ‘it takes a Trump to change Washington’ defense of the president

Featured image Some supporters of President Trump have adopted the following defense of the (at times) nasty, over-the-top rhetoric Trump uses against his adversaries: Trump is “no Mr. Nice Guy,” but “sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington.” In fact, Trump’s recently released campaign ad makes this pitch in just that language. As a means of making ethical Trump supporters feel better about backing the president, this defense has appeal. »

Washington Nationals to visit White House, minus their closer

Featured image When the Washington Nationals won the first two games of this year’s World Series, I started thinking about a White House visit for the team. I assumed that President Trump would invite the Nats and that they would accept. But I wondered which players would decline to come. Trump has extended an invitation, and the team will visit on Monday. The players were in town today for a victory parade, »

A tough Trump policy on Russia that no one talks about

Featured image The claim that the Trump administration goes easy on Russia is false. President Trump has sanctioned Russia and Russians. He has expelled Russian diplomats. He is more supportive of Poland and, yes, Ukraine than President Obama was. At least as importantly, Trump has vigorously opposed a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. Construction of the pipeline, Nord Stream 2, would be hugely beneficial for Russia. For one thing, Russia »

Impeaching Trump not popular in swing states

Featured image There has been a fair amount of national polling on the question of whether President Trump should be impeached and removed. It tends to show a plurality favoring these remedies. However, according to Harry Enten, impeachment is not popular in key swing states like Wisconsin. He cites a new Marquette University poll from Wisconsin that finds 44 percent of voters wanting Trump to be impeached and removed from office, and »

The Plot Against the President

Featured image Today is the official publication date of Lee Smith’s book The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History. I haven’t read it but I state without reservation that it is, after Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion and Kim Strassel’s Resistance (At All Costs) (the links are to my review of each book on Power Line), the third »

Trump didn’t contact Pelosi on Baghdadi raid. Good.

Featured image Nancy Pelosi is upset that President Trump did not contact her in advance about the raid that took out that “austere religious scholar,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pelosi sniffs that Trump informed Russia, but not her. Russia needed to be informed, though. The raid involved helicopter flights over territory in Syria that it effectively controls. According to the Washington Post, Russia was told about the flights, but not the nature or »

D.C. crowd manifests hatred of Trump at World Series game

Featured image Last night, I attended Game Five of the World Series. This was the first World Series game I’ve had the privilege of attending since 1979. (If there is such a thing as white privilege, this may be it; other than ushers, there were no African-Americans as far as my eyes could see from my seat.) The game was lopsided almost from the start, and not in Washington’s favor. Nonetheless, I »

Psycho, WaPo style

Featured image The subsequently revised Washington Post headline over the obituary of the killin’ caliph is a headline that will live in infamy among those who follow the mainstream media with a gimlet eye. In the eyes of the Post, the maniacal murderer was an “austere religious scholar.” The Post headline aptly reflected the Trump derangement that has gripped the Post and its peers. If Trump had something to do with al-Baghdadi’s »

Killin’ caliph mourned at WaPo

Featured image Taking a look around at the Democrats’ cable news channels, I infer that the successful operation to take out the killin’ caliph with the stupid pseudonym is to be downplayed and minimized so as to be sure it will not redound to the credit of President Trump. The Washington Post weighs in with the classic headline documented by Brit Hume in the tweet below. After due consideration had been given, »