Donald Trump

Is Trump’s Russia Policy Being Hijacked?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Does Trump believe that confronting Putin with rising casualties among his army and allies in Ukraine is the way to force the Russian president to back down and withdraw from Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk, as Nikita Khrushchev did from Cuba in 1962? What if Putin refuses to back down, and chooses to confront?

H.R. McMaster Is Proof The Deep State Exists

If there was ever proof that the Deep State exists and protects its own it is the record and actions of H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s ill-conceived National Security Advisor.

Meanwhile Over In Moscow

With help from President Reagan’s former Attorney General Ed Meese and from Jon Utley’s Freda Utley Foundation, which provided funding, a statue of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev was recently unveiled in Moscow.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Bad Democrat advice plus no spine equals no wins for hapless GOP

Republican legislative victories certainly won’t happen if more Republican senators look to Democrats for answers to the most vexing political questions of today. Many intra-party high hurdles remain before the GOP actually gets something done – and Democrats won’t help, either.

President McMaster Purges Donald Trump’s People From The NSC

The NSC isn’t H.R. McMaster's to mold to his views; it is President Trump’s National Security Council and it should have Trump’s people, not McMaster's people, staffing it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: When did it become cool to embrace the abnormal in American culture?

There’s no place for personal expression in government service and the people aren’t “bigots” or “intolerant” for wanting public servants to observe reasonable standards of dress and decorum. It’s common sense; and culture is culture in spite of the left’s best efforts to change it.

Trump turns to his generals in times of trouble

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

President Trump second-guessed generals on the campaign trail, but in office he has relied heavily on their counsel, with the ascension of retired Gen. John Kelly to White House chief of staff serving as the latest example. Kelly is now the general at the helm of the White House staff. Trump gained confidence in him during his service as secretary of Homeland Security, a position from which he often had to defend the president's controversial positions on immigration and national security.

Trump — And the Use and Abuse of Madness

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

As president, Trump’s chaos and erratic rhetoric, when in concert with an impressive cabinet, has sometimes served him well. But if he fails to see that there is an art of madness like his own arts of the deal, then he will soon become wearisome and Berlusconi-like rather than feared and Reaganesque.

The Anti-Trump Bad News Is Good News

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Perhaps conservatives should learn to enjoy the media's coverage, if only because it alerts them to bursts of common sense from the Trump administration that they otherwise might miss. We can only hope that the media's claim of a mass exodus from the State Department is true. But it is probably overstated. Most of these liberal activists masquerading as diplomats wouldn’t dare leave their cushy posts. The Center for American Progress, after all, can only hire so many of them.

Jeff Flake: A Book By A Fake Conservative With No Conscience

We urge CHQ readers to skip Flake’s screed against the voters he has failed as a member of Congress and read the original Goldwater – Bozell version of Conscience of a Conservative instead.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If Bill Clinton had Twitter back in his day, what would he have said?

Maybe since “The Mooch” generated so much controversy the media and Trump’s critics will ease off jabbing about his Twitter habit. It’s a different day and age in America and Trump is a different kind of leader – and we don’t even need 140 characters or less to understand it.

Shall We Fight Them All?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Among the reasons Trump routed his Republican rivals in 2016 is that he seemed to share an American desire to look homeward. Yet, today, our relations with China and Russia are as bad as they have been in decades, while there is open talk of war with Iran and North Korea. Was this what America voted for, or is this what America voted against?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: George Washington’s warnings against faction are still prescient today

There is no obvious answer to the question of how to build a party, but the Democrats and Republicans are showing us clear notions on what not to do. Both parties are proving George Washington was correct – self-interested “factions” lead to unending bickering and ultimately to despotism.

McCain's Revenge

Ross Kaminsky, The American Spectator

Following his back-stabbing vote, John McCain, as sympathetic a character as his health issues might make him this week, deserves to feel the sting of a Republican senator. If McCain never returns to the Senate, it is fitting that the last vote he casts will be one which, unfortunately for the nation, adds some credence to the words “He’s no hero.”

If Kelly and Trump can become a real team, it will be a game changer

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

It will be fascinating to watch these two powerful, experienced leaders forge a unique working relationship. The person who may benefit most from this change is President Trump. He has worked with many smart, successful people in his remarkable career, but he has never worked this closely with someone as used to command, organization and dignified insistence on teamwork as Secretary Kelly.

It's Time To Drain The Swamp In The GOP

We conservatives need to translate the grassroots rage over the betrayals of Republican elected officials into a national conversation about the future of the Republican Party and a wave of national activism to nominate and elect “Drain the Swamp” Republicans to the House of Representatives and the US Senate.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: With Priebus’s exit the establishment is left on the outside looking in

Trump’s instincts are clearly in the direction of getting government out of people’s lives, lowering taxes and creating a better economy so people can get jobs and take care of themselves. If it means completely purging the GOP establishment to accomplish these ends, so be it.

Trump-Mueller Showdown Inevitable?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

From his history, Mueller is not a man to be intimidated by charges of bias. These will only steel his resolve to pursue with his subpoena power every document he wants, including tax returns, until he has satisfied himself. The president is unlikely to view this process with indulgence, and patience does not appear to rank high among his virtues.