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David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.
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Slain Soldier's Mother: 'Trump Did Disrespect My Son'

October 18, 2017 Thirteen days after Sergeant La David Johnson was killed in Niger, and a day after Donald Trump boasted about his actions to console grieving families in contrast to his predecessors, the president called Johnson’s family Tuesday night. It didn’t go well. Representative Frederica Wilson, a Florida Democrat, was with widow...

Why Trump Accused Obama of Not Consoling Families of Fallen Soldiers

October 17, 2017 On October 4, four American Special Forces soldiers were killed during an operation in Niger. Since then, the White House has been notably tight-lipped about the incident. During a press conference Monday afternoon, 12 days after the deaths, President Trump finally made his first public comments, but the remarks—in which...

Trump Keeps Passing the Buck to Congress

October 13, 2017 Bill Clinton fought Congress tooth and nail, from shutdowns to impeachment. George W. Bush boasted that he was “the decider.” Barack Obama groused that if lawmakers were unwilling to take actions he wanted, he would take up his “pen and phone.” Donald Trump, however, is more than willing to let...

Are Trump's Feuds With Tillerson and Corker a Prelude to War?

October 11, 2017 It is natural to see Donald Trump’s latest feuds, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Senator Bob Corker, as just the most recent outbursts from a president who is only comfortable amid feuding. This is, after all, the guy who spent weeks humiliating his attorney general (but never cut...

Analysis: Trump's Puerto Rico Visit Is a Political Disaster

October 3, 2017 Making his first appearance in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico since Maria’s landfall, President Trump offered a hearty round of congratulations to federal relief efforts and thanked the island’s governor. But the president also suggested Maria was not a “real catastrophe,” made an odd and misleading comparison to the death toll from...

Why Does Trump Keep Praising the Emergency Response in Puerto Rico?

September 29, 2017 Amid a roiling humanitarian disaster in a U.S. territory, President Trump has one clear, overriding message for the people of Puerto Rico and the rest of the United States: He, Donald Trump, is doing a phenomenal job. Here’s Trump Friday morning: Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: "The Administration...

Is the Federal Government Doing Enough for Puerto Rico?

September 27, 2017 Puerto Rico is in dire straits. That happens when an island is struck by two major hurricanes in short succession. Most of the island is without electricity. Water, fuel, food, and medicine are scarce across the U.S. territory, and officials there are warning that people are dying for lack of...

The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email

September 26, 2017 Late Sunday night, Josh Dawsey of Politico dropped a story that, in any other administration, would have been cause for concern but hardly surprise. “Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the...

Is Trump's 'Wiretap' Claim Vindicated?

September 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Viewed from the most obvious angle, the latest scoops about special counsel Robert Mueller investigating Paul Manafort are at best neutral news for the president and more likely bad news. The new reports say that U.S. officials got warrants to surveil Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, before and after the...

Why Is Trump's Legal Team So Messy?

September 18, 2017 The pressure of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and administration has reached such levels, reports The New York Times, that “White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations” on Mueller’s behalf. The thing is, sometimes it’s good...