What’s in it for me? Take a tour of Trump’s White House
In July 2016, Donald J. Trump gave a speech accepting the Republican party nomination to run for the presidency of the United States. It was a foretaste of what was to come.
Trump’s predecessors had used this moment to emphasise unity and common purpose. They had been humble, extolled shared values, and spoken of “we” and “us.” That wasn’t Trump’s style. His speech was brash and bombastic. Most of all, though, it was self-centered.
“I am your voice,” he said, and “I will be your champion.” Most memorably, he insisted that “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
What has followed is a presidency seemingly powered by solipsism – an extraordinary, and at times extraordinarily chaotic, one-man show.
It has been a dizzying journey. As reporters who surf the news cycle every day, attempting to keep up with Trump, Carol Leonig and Philip Rucker know that better than most.
When history moves so fast, it’s hard to put things in perspective. That’s why they decided to hit the “pause” button and take stock of Trump’s first three years in office. It was time, they thought, to drill deeper and figure out what was really going on behind the scenes.
And that’s just what we’ll be doing in these blinks. We’ll join Leonig and Rucker in exploring the controversies and defining moments of Trump’s presidency so far.
Along the way, you’ll learn
- how Trump’s disdain for expertise alienated the US military hierarchy;
- what foreign leaders think about the American president; and
- how Trump’s abusive behavior has affected his subordinates