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David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic
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Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump's Calls Is So Dangerous

August 4, 2017 Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous. It is vitally important that a president be able to speak confidentially—and perhaps even more important that foreign leaders understand that they can reply in confidence. Thursday’s leak to The Washington Post of President...

Analysis: Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump's Calls Is So Dangerous

August 3, 2017 Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous. It is vitally important that a president be able to speak confidentially—and perhaps even more important that foreign leaders understand that they can reply in confidence. Thursday’s leak to The Washington Post of President...

Everything That’s Wrong With That McMaster Op-Ed

May 31, 2017 H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn may not be the most influential people in the Trump White House. But the national-security adviser and the director of the National Economic Council are surely the White House’s most presentable faces. When they sign their names to a statement of Trumpism at its most...

What Happens When Intelligence Agencies Lose Faith in the President?

May 17, 2017 American military and intelligence agencies must assume from now on that the president of the United States is a security risk. He cannot be trusted to protect state secrets. In a parliamentary system, a head of government who did what Donald Trump has done would already have resigned. There is...

Who Is In Charge of US National Security?

May 2, 2017 Official Washington, especially its Republican elements, is telling itself a comforting story about the Trump administration. Senator John McCain summarized the story to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “Sometimes it’s important to watch what the president does rather than what he says.” The senator added: “[Trump is] surrounding himself with...

Analysis: How Trump Is Upending the Conventional Wisdom on Illegal Immigration

April 24, 2017 Obamacare remains the law of the land. So does NAFTA. Tax reform exists only as pixels in a tweet. Infrastructure ain’t happening. Five months after the Republicans won united control of Congress and the presidency, it seems uncertain whether one-party Washington can avoid a government shutdown over a budget dispute....

Seven Disturbing Implications of Trump's Syria Strike

April 7, 2017 When the Electoral College elevated Donald Trump to the presidency, it conferred on him the awesome life-and-death powers that attend the office. It was inevitable that President Trump would use those powers sooner or later. Now he has. For the effects on the region, I refer you to the powerful...

What Happens Next Is Up to Republicans

February 16, 2017 The immediate question raised by the latest information published by The New York Times is: What next? Will Congress investigate? Will it subpoena records, including the tax records that may clarify the financial obligations—if any—Donald Trump has to Russia? And since Congress is so dominated by one party, that first...

Michael Flynn's Disaster

February 10, 2017 “This reminds me of the run-up to Iran- Contra.” The person offering that gloomy observation was a veteran of many years in and around the US defense community. Unusually for a person with such a background, he had been a Trump supporter even during the Republican primaries. Now, though, he...

Advice for Those Weighing Jobs in the Trump Administration

January 30, 2017 Some 40 people were indicted as a result of the Watergate scandal. Among those sentenced to prison: the attorney general of the United States, the White House counsel, and President Nixon’s two most senior White House aides. A dozen men were convicted or pled guilty to a range of charges...