Max Boot: Trump is a bigot


“Trump is a bigot and doesn’t even bother to hide it. In fact — and this is the truly appalling part — he parades his bigotry in the expectation that it will win him votes.”

Trump’s racist tweets spark outrage


How does Trump follow up on his latest racist Twitter tirade? By demanding that those he attacked apologize to him, the U.S., and Israel. Additionally, GOP lawmakers have almost been completely silent on Trump’s racist Twitter attack.

Trump to abandon census citizenship question


It appears that Trump will end his efforts to have a citizenship question on the census. After legal defeat in the Supreme Court, Trump was only left with the possibility of some sort of executive action to try and place the question.

Post Opinions: Darroch was right about Trump


“We don’t know if Mr. Darroch tried to explain that aberrant behavior in one of his cables. But he did write that the Trump administration was unlikely “to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” To which we can only say: Right you are, Mr. Ambassador.”

Sarah Longwell: ‘The Breakup’


“There aren’t enough tax cuts and judges in the world to justify a president who stands on the stage with Vladimir Putin and sides against America’s intelligence community; who ignores, if not invites, foreign interference in our elections and normalizes unprecedented levels of corruption and incompetence; who abdicates moral leadership both at home and abroad; who lies and obstructs justice and then lies about obstructing justice.”

Trump jokes to Putin they should ‘get rid’ of journalists


Donald Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin that they should “get rid” of journalists as they met in public at the G-20 conference of world leaders in Osaka, Japan. Indicating toward the journalists in the room, Trump said, “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia but we do.”

Dalai Lama hits out at Trump: He ‘lacks moral principle’


The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists hit out at Trump’s temperament and his “America First” rhetoric during an interview with the BBC. “[Trump’s] emotions [are] also a little bit,” he said, while waggling his finger near his temple. “One day he says something, another day he says something. But I think [there is a] lack of moral principle. When he became president, he expressed America first. That is wrong. America, they should take the global responsibility.”

Trump threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran suggests he has a ‘mental disorder’


The Iranian and US presidents have traded insults, with Hassan Rouhani suggesting that Donald Trump suffered from a “mental disorder” and Trump once more threatening Iran with “obliteration.” The worsening confrontation became significantly more personal this week when the US imposed sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and eight military commanders, and threatened measures against the foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman to be new White House press secretary


Stephanie Grisham, who previously served as spokeswoman for Melania Trump, will replace Sarah Sanders as the White House press secretary and will also serve as communications director, replacing Bill Shine. Grisham will also maintain her role as Melania Trump’s spokeswoman. “I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the White House,” Melania Trump tweeted.

Dana Milbank: Trump demands subservience and gets incompetence


“The common thread to the mayhem and bungling is Trump’s insistence on staffing his government with officials serving in temporary, “acting” roles at the pleasure of the president and without the stature or protection of Senate confirmation. This allows Trump to demand absolute subservience from appointees. Because he can replace them at will, they don’t contradict him. But this tentative status also means they lack authority within their agencies and the stature to stand up to Trump when he’s wrong.”

US women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe: ‘I’m not going to the f***ing White House’


U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe didn’t mince words when asked if she would be excited to visit the White House on Tuesday. “I’m not going to the f***ing White House,” Rapinoe said in an interview with Eight by Eight magazine. President Trump commented on Rapinoe’s protest on Monday, saying he thinks it is inappropriate for a team co-captain to kneel during the anthem.

WaPo Ed Board: Trump unfazed by Khashoggi


“The premeditated murder of a contributing columnist who believed in democracy does not concern [Donald Trump], but the care and feeding of the dictatorial kingdom that sent the killers gets his lavish attention and slavish devotion. What does the United States get in return? Complicity in a criminal war in Yemen, and an indelible stain on its moral record.”

Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher & Orni Petruschka: Trump’s peace plan is immoral, impractical—and could blow up the Middle East


“As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Yet it is not clear whether Trump’s intentions are good or merely seek to do Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political favor. Presenting Abbas with an impossible choice will allow Netanyahu to win another round of the blame game and accuse the Palestinians of backing away from a good deal, playing into Netanyahu’s electoral base that rejects a two-state solution. But the result may be more death and an escalation that would delay constructive talks—and a Mideast anti-Iran coalition—for years.”

Jennifer Rubin: It’s time to stop taking the Trump admin’s word for it on Iran


“The fundamental problem remains: Without allies and without a credible use of force, ‘maximum pressure’ is a dead end. The regime in Tehran is not going to collapse and beg for negotiations, especially since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid down 12 preconditions for talks that amount to regime change. Some foreign policy watchers, while critical of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — better known as the Iran nuclear deal — opposed pulling out precisely because the alternatives were unattractive and created problems of their own (such as a rift with allies). Not surprisingly, Trump has been shown to be a paper tiger, our allies view his conduct as provocative and Iran actually is learning the wrong lesson, namely that it can escape real consequences for its actions.”

Trump is tiring of Mulvaney


President Donald Trump’s honeymoon period with Mick Mulvaney is coming to an end. In recent weeks, Trump has been snapping at his acting chief of staff with some frequency, and expressing greater frustration with him than usual, according to four current and former senior administration officials.

Eugene Robinson: This is the reality of Trump’s America


“President Trump’s immigration policy has crossed the line from gratuitous cruelty to flat-out sadism. Perhaps he enjoys seeing innocent children warehoused in filth and squalor. Perhaps he thinks that’s what America is all about. Is he right, Trump supporters? Is he right, Republicans in Congress? Is this what you want?”

Dana Milbank: Trump heroically saves us from himself


“Not surprisingly, Axios reports that Trump has withdrawn one nominee for every 11 confirmations and has withdrawn twice as many as President Barack Obama had by this point. Several more, such as defense secretary pick Patrick Shanahan, were withdrawn before they were formally nominated. Turnover on the job, similarly, has been historically high, as Trump now attempts to dissociate himself from appointees who probably wouldn’t have been there in the first place if Trump had paid attention to the vetting reports. It’s another case of saving the world from himself. Failure, you might say, was cocked and loaded.”

Trump is talking about withdrawing from postwar Japan defense pact


President Trump has been talking with his aides about withdrawing from the Postwar Japan Defense Pact, a longstanding defense treaty with Japan that he believes is unfair to the U.S. Trump reportedly thinks the agreement is too one-sided because it promises U.S. aid to Japan if it is ever attacked, but doesn’t require any defense from Japan’s military if the U.S. is attacked.

Trump claims Joe Biden is lying about asking Obama not to endorse him


In a new interview with The Hill, President Donald Trump made an unfounded claim that former President Barack Obama was not endorsing his former vice president in the 2020 US presidential election for reasons unknown to the public. “There has to be some reason why he’s not endorsing him,” Trump claimed in an interview with The Hill. “He was the vice president. They seemed to have gotten along. And how President Obama is not endorsing him is rather a big secret.”

Rep Mike Quigley: Impeachment imperative


“Our democracy is at its best when the American people are in a position to fully trust in their government and institutions. Throughout my career, I have fought to ensure that our elected officials are transparent and held accountable so voters can draw their own conclusions. I have never been a reactionary. I am not someone who has called for the president’s removal from day one. I believe in a thoughtful, measured approach. Opening an impeachment inquiry is the most appropriate way to ensure that Congress and the American people have a full accounting of the facts.”