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Trump babbles in the face of tragedy

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy. A space shuttle explodes. An elementary school is attacked. The Twin Towers come down in a heap of ash and twisted steel. It falls to the president to express something of the nation's soul -- grief for the lost, ...Read more

For wisdom on North Korea, Trump should pay a visit to the White House library

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump doesn't spare much time for reading. "I never have," he explains. "I'm always busy doing a lot."

But what he is now busy doing is managing a global crisis with nuclear dimensions and historical precedents. One adviser, Sebastian Gorka, has said, "This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis." Which demonstrates how a...Read more

Tillerson has been an ineffectual and destabilizing force at the State Department

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- If Cabinet members are to be judged by the gap between expectation and performance, Rex Tillerson is among the worst. He was supposed to be one of the adults in the room, a steadying force. But Tillerson has managed to be both ineffectual and destabilizing -- unfamiliar with the workings of government, unwilling to provide ...Read more

With his blistering book, Sen. Flake shows the 'conscience of a conservative'

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- That sound you hear is the wall of elected Republican support for Donald Trump beginning to crack.

There was Sen. Lindsey Graham warning that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be "the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency." There was Sen. Charles Grassley warning that if Attorney General Jeff Sessions were fired ...Read more

At Dunkirk, the deliverance of a nation

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- That one of the greatest victories of World War II was a mass evacuation -- more than 300,000 British and French troops taken off a beach at Dunkirk -- was a preview of the industrial nature of that conflict. Feats of organization -- such as the return of Allied troops to other French beaches on D-Day -- took precedence over ...Read more

Trump's problem is not communication. It's leadership.

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Anthony Scaramucci's rollout as Donald Trump's new communications director received mainly good reviews. He is, as any White House job in the current administration requires, a skilled sycophant. His on-air abjection -- including a Sunday talk show apology for past disloyalty made directly into the camera -- smacks of self-...Read more

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