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.

Trump’s Road to Riyadh

 

Washington In the long list of things that few would have anticipated last year, consider this scenario: President Donald Trump starting his first foreign trip in Saudi Arabia, where he expects a strong welcome from Muslim leaders. Critics at least would not be surprised at the circumstances, Trump skipping town leaving a trail of bad […]

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Which Story Are We Sticking To?

 

Washington President Donald Trump did himself no favor Thursday when he went on NBC News and essentially refuted the reason his team had given the press for why he fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, “I was going to fire Comey” regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended, which conflicted […]

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Trump Fires Away — Again

 

Washington Washington is buzzing with talk of Watergate. In a town nostalgic for the days when reporters didn’t run in packs and Republicans and Democrats would raise a pint together, many cannot resist the temptation to compare President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey to President Richard Nixon’s 1973 Saturday Night Massacre, […]

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Will Trumpcare Be Obamacare 2.0?

 

Washington Comedian Jimmy Kimmel went to the heart of the debate on pre-existing conditions during a monologue last week. He talked about the birth of his son Billy, who was born with a heart condition that required surgery within days of his birth. Billy Kimmel is doing fine now, but the situation was traumatic for […]

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President Trump Hits a Milestone

 

Washington There are two ways to look at President Donald Trump, observed Lee Edwards, distinguished fellow of conservative thought at the Heritage Foundation. One is that Trump is “a feckless idiot” who is “almost dysfunctional.” The other is that “this man actually knows what he’s doing.” Which is the real Trump? At a Heritage symposium […]

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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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