Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders is the White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review Journal. Contact her at dsaunders@reviewjournal.com or at 202-662-7391. Follow @DebraJSaunders on Twitter.

Taking Trump Seriously and Literally

 

Washington Journalist Selena Zito famously summed up President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign when she wrote, “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.” In September 2016 when Zito’s apt assessment appeared in the Atlantic, Gallup reported its lowest approval rating ever — of the news media. […]

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Transactional President

 

Washington As President Donald Trump flew to Palm Beach Thursday for Easter weekend, there was a lull in his first 100 days — a chance for Washington to reflect on how his presidency is likely to evolve. There are many question marks but one sure thing: More than any ideology, Trump values winning itself — […]

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Trump’s Cabinet Stacked With Advisers Who Have Military Ties

 

Washington Before he was elected president, Donald Trump told biographer Michael D’Antonio that his attendance at a military boarding school gave him “more training militarily than a lot of guys that go into the military.” As president, he has stacked his top echelon with guys who went into the military — and they are among […]

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Trump’s Syriana

 

Washington When Donald Trump was a private individual in 2013, he used Twitter to tell President Barack Obama to refrain from attacking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who had used chemical weapons to poison his own people. “No upside and tremendous downside,” Trump typed. As a candidate in 2016, Trump thought likewise. As recently as Tuesday, […]

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Neil Gorsuch Must Be a Bad Man

 

Washington A favorite truism in Washington these days is: “Be careful what you wish for; you may get it.” It tells the cautionary tale of how Republicans who wanted to run Washington got what they wanted and now must govern. I offer my own quote for the swamp: “Be careful what you scorn; you may […]

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Trump Finds Freedom Lacks Loyalty

 

Washington President Donald Trump failed to persuade enough House Republicans to vote for his American Health Care Act, leading to its withdrawal from the House floor on Friday. How did the effort to pass a replacement for Obamacare go wrong? Let me count the ways. One. The GOP House has too many members who are […]

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Trump Counters Media Narrative With ‘Victims’ of Obamacare

 

Washington President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “The press is making it look so wonderful,” Trump complained last week at an event at the White House arranged to counter the […]

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Trump’s Budget Turns ‘Policies Into Numbers’

 

Washington President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress on Thursday. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the […]

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Encountering Resistance From Both Sides

 

Washington This should be the moment President Donald Trump cleans up Obamacare with a broad smile on his happy face. He won the Electoral College — and as his predecessor Barack Obama liked to say, “Elections have consequences.” Trump’s Republican Party controls the House and the Senate, which should mean there are no sand traps […]

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Special Prosecutor or Witch Hunter?

 

Washington Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of the Senate and Nancy Pelosi of the House on Thursday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, to resign from office and to appoint a special prosecutor. “A special prosecutor is what’s called for and […]

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