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David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic
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Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

May 25, 2018 “Gradually and then suddenly.” That was how one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters described the process of going bankrupt. The phrase applies vividly to the accumulating failures of President Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives. Donald Trump entered office with more scope for initiative in foreign policy than any of his recent predecessors. In...

Why Did Trump Fire Tillerson Now?

March 14, 2018 The White House’s account of the Tillerson firing collapsed within minutes. Senior administration officials told outlets including The Washington Post and CNN that Tillerson had been told he would be dismissed on Friday, March 9. Within the hour, the State Department issued a statement insisting that Tillerson “had every intention...

Analysis: Why Did Trump Fire Tillerson Now?

March 13, 2018 The White House’s account of the Tillerson firing collapsed within minutes. Senior administration officials told outlets including The Washington Post and CNN that Tillerson had been told he would be dismissed on Friday, March 9. Within the hour, the State Department issued a statement insisting that Tillerson “had every intention...

The National Security Strategy Commits the US to a Lonelier and Less Generous Course

December 13, 2017 The Trump administration unveils a National Security Strategy next week, but National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster provided an advance glimpse of the plan on Tuesday. A helpful way to understand where this still-new administration is leading is to compare McMaster’s bullet-pointed speech to the final strategy documents released by two previous...

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....