Elizabeth Drew

The writer is the author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall.

September 14, 2019
September 14, 2019

Trump’s New Troubles

As the US Congress reconvenes this week after a six-week recess, the administration is mired in controversies, almost all of them set off by President Donald Trump. Trump’s behaviour has been at its most peculiar since he took office, undoubtedly partly owing to

August 18, 2019
August 18, 2019

What’s behind America’s mass shootings?

After every mass shooting in the United States, Americans and others around the world are confronted with the question of what lies behind this distinctly American horror.

April 1, 2019
April 1, 2019

The Mueller Bait and Switch

The American people should have known that something was awry when President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, announced on Friday, March 22, that he had received special counsel Robert Mueller's report and would provide a summary of its findings to certain congressional leaders over the weekend.

January 31, 2019
January 31, 2019

Nancy Pelosi's Great Wall of Resistance

Whoever explained to then-President-elect Donald Trump what it meant to be president—if anyone did—neglected to tell him that on occasion a president loses a policy fight.

September 27, 2018
September 27, 2018

Trump's Darkest Days

This isn't a good time to be Donald J Trump. Granted, it's been a while since it was, but this is the grimmest period of his presidency thus far.

April 20, 2018
April 20, 2018

Fifty Shades of Trump

Last week was a most unusual one for President Donald Trump's administration. There was no high-level firing: the only dismissal of any note was that of the White House aide in charge of homeland security, who was forced out at the behest of John Bolton, who had just taken over as Trump's third national security adviser in 15 months. Nonetheless, it may well have been the most turbulent week yet of Trump's presidency.

January 8, 2018
January 8, 2018

Breaking Bannon

The just-released book about Donald Trump and his dysfunctional presidency (Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House) has left much of Washington reeling.

August 27, 2017
August 27, 2017

Why Stephen Bannon had to go

Stephen Bannon wasn't particularly wise as a White House aide—he couldn't contain his inner peacock—and Donald Trump's ego is particularly fragile. Both are or were misfits in their roles.

June 30, 2017
June 30, 2017

The Russian-Roulette Presidency

Trump's jumpiness whenever the Russia question comes up has only added to suspicions that he may have something to hide. It has also led him to make a series of mistakes.

August 31, 2016
August 31, 2016

Trump's train wreck

There is little reason to think Trump's new staffing arrangement will yield a new, more coherent candidate. Throughout the campaign, he has vacillated wildly between poise and pugilism.