Month: July 2018

Putin and Trump shake hands at APEC meeting in Vietnam in November 2017

An extremely rude question about President Trump

In general, US media organizations covered the early stops in President Trump’s tour through Europe conventionally, which, in the Trump era, means that the tour played as spectacle. And spectacle there certainly was: NATO-bashing, humiliation of Theresa May, rudeness to the queen—even a balloon of a giant, diapered, angry baby Trump, holding a smart phone … Continued

Trump answers to Putin

A year and a half into his presidency, you would think US President Donald Trump no longer had the power to flabbergast, but he took his talent to new heights on Monday during a press conference following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Former CIA director John Brennan called Trump’s performance “nothing short of … Continued

Sing it in Helsinki

President Trump’s trip through Europe ahead of a Helsinki meeting with Russian President Putin has included almost everything a public spectacle enthusiast could hope to witness: Senseless NATO-bashing, followed by unpersuasive, pro forma NATO praise. An interview with a low-brow British newspaper in which Trump criticized and insulted the UK prime minister ahead of meeting … Continued

Trump and Abe at oval office

After the Trump-Kim summit: Where does Japan go from here?

Less than one year ago, President Donald Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea, implying the possible use of nuclear weapons. This inflammatory rhetoric alarmed the world—especially the countries of East Asia. Trump’s threats were particularly upsetting to people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because his tweets came on the 72nd anniversary of … Continued

President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt at the White House in June 2018

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned, but for the climate it’s business as usual

Earlier this week, a 33-year-old teacher, with her 2-year-old son on her hip, approached EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in a Washington restaurant and urged him “to resign for what you’re doing to the environment in our country.” I was watching a video of that very moment yesterday when Pruitt’s resignation popped up on my news … Continued