Our columnist goes behind the scenes in the White House, as fly on the wall of the Oval Office.
Posts Tagged: North Korea
WATCH: Jong-Un’s face – as Trump tells photographers that both men want to look “nice and handsome and thin”
“Very nice…getting a good picture, everybody?…thank you,” the American President concludes.
A few small steps for both men, a giant leap for nuclear disarmament and international engagement?
The United States’ traditional allies are wondering if the President’s erratic and aggressive behaviour is a ploy or his true nature.
The President is often taken literally but not seriously, whereas he should be taken seriously but not literally.
They meet in no man’s land. The two countries are still technically at war. It is the most surprising political meeting of modern times.
We need America. So we need its President – whether we like him or not. May must not let Macron walk off with Europe’s defence and security leadership.
Public opinion would back missile strikes against Assad, and arming a credible opposition, were there to be one. But not more western boots on the ground.
Lord Ashcroft: “We didn’t elect him to be a saint, we elected him to be a leader.” My latest American focus groups.
We found that those who had voted enthusiastically for Trump were still on board, and were prepared to overlook his private conduct, however regrettable they found it.
We are so preoccupied with Brexit and Putin that we may have missed the significance of the President’s latest sacking-and-replacement.
Mark Francois: States like Russia now pose the primary threat to the UK – we must strengthen our defences accordingly
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.
Amy Chua says they are blind to the decisive importance of tribal politics – an obliviousness which extends to America itself, and prepared the way for Trump.
One take on the President is that behind the flamboyant tweeting is a conventional actor, who knows full well that jaw tweet jaw is better than war tweet war.
After years of defence cuts and maybe more to come, we must ask whether the Armed Forces are properly equipped to keep Britain safe.
In addition to the old ‘useful idiots’, the Kims and Castros of the world know they can rely on the aid of genuine idiots, too. We ought to know better.