How Is Trump Dealing With Impeachment?: Politics Daily
Here’s just some of what people with a window into the 45th president’s temperament of late have told Peter:
“He’d rather be tearing the head off a rooster than putting caviar on a cracker.”
—A former senior White House official
“He’s not nature’s best diplomat. He doesn’t use a scalpel; he uses a meat ax.”
—A Republican senator
“These heavy issues are weighing on him. He has nobody around him. There’s nobody.”
—A person close to Trump
“What he’s done is conflated himself with America. He’s physically hugged the flag, but he’s also done that in his mind. If you attack him, you’re attacking America. You’re unpatriotic. ‘It’s very bad for our country!’”
— Seth Norrholm, a neuroscientist who studies stress, anxiety, and trauma
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3. Enough ardent Trump supporters fear the “demographic, cultural, and economic changes remaking America” to cling to the president.
Meanwhile, Democrats could clear some of the GOP’s smokescreen by simply calling Hunter Biden in to testify, David Graham argues.
House Democrats are in a hurry to complete their inquiry, and calling minority witnesses would slow the process down. But calling them might offer crucial clarity to the public on some disputed issues, and neuter Republican charges of unfairness.
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October was a devastating month for America’s Kurdish partners in Syria, and an alarming one for other American allies, who got a real-time glimpse into what America-first foreign policy looks like in practice:
Given all the fallout among Trump’s allies, both foreign and domestic, not to mention his detractors, and the impact of the U.S. government’s policy zigzagging in Syria these past weeks, Trump’s green-light moment will haunt him and the U.S. for a long time to come, like Obama’s red-line moment still looms large over his presidency.
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The United States has traditionally styled itself as a force for stability in the world, but this New York Times dispatch from Kyiv shows the extent to which a politically dysfunctional America now looks like a source of instability overseas. French President Emmanuel Macron made a similar point in a recent interview with The Economist, arguing that Europe needs to provide for its own defense.
—Uri Friedman, a staff writer on our national-security team