The use of Mr. John’s music is a persistent reminder of the president’s interest in showmanship and celebrity.
Katie Rogers“Thank you so much for the extremely kind invitation to play at your inauguration ...” Elton John wrote to POTUS in an email @maggieNYT uncovered. Since being turned down, POTUS has played Elton’s hits at rallies and tried to beat his crowd sizes.
Trump-branded products celebrate the president’s urge to fight back.
Katie RogersNEW from me: Inside the machinery of the Trump campaign's defiance-merchandise machine. Siphoning rage from Twitter pays: Over 55,000 packs of those own-the-libs straws have netted over $823,000. The #Sharpiegate markers have made the campaign $50,000.
Katie Rogers“Mr. Trump may not be interested in the merits of debating the material composition of a straw, but he does instinctively understand the monetary value of slapping his name on one.”
American intelligence officials had previously tried to extract the source from Russia in 2016, but the informant had initially refused.
Katie Rogers“... former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction.”
Mr. Trump, not a frequent visitor to the “very rustic” retreat, says it is a place where presidents have hosted “pretty bad people.” Not everyone agrees.
Katie RogersTrump is the rare modern president to not have hosted a world leader at Camp David yet. In 2018, White House officials discussed hosting Enrique Peña Nieto there. Then the two got into a fight over the border wall. Now POTUS wants to invite the Taliban.
American intelligence officials and outside experts say that Kim Jong-un is capitalizing on a diplomatic standoff with President Trump to significantly improve his arsenal.
Katie Rogers"The launchings downplayed by Mr. Trump ... have allowed Mr. Kim to test missiles with greater range and maneuverability that could overwhelm American defenses in the region." @SangerNYT
While there is widespread agreement on the need to protect American interests in space, there is disagreement on how to go about it.
Katie RogersThere's a serious side to Trump's rally chants about Space Force: An intelligence threat assessment warns that China and Russia will be able to shoot down American satellites in space in about two to three years.