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Michael Gerson: Trump’s tests of loyalty are really tests of character

Donald Trump’s mentor, the colorful controversialist Roy Cohn, once said: “I bring out the worst in my enemies and that’s how I get them to defeat themselves.” If this is Trump’s strategy, those who jeered Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant or protested at her home have been playing their part effectively. They apparently believe that intensity of conviction is demonstrated by incivility, just as Robert De Niro seems to think that conviction is proven by crudity. This is childish but not harmless. It is one more step in the personalization of political anger. One more method to turn fellow citizens into bitter enemies.

Dana Milbank: Message on first lady’s jacket should be motto of Trump campaign

In the 1992 campaign, President George H.W. Bush created an unofficial and much-mocked motto for his administration during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. “Message: I care,” he announced, as if reading aloud the stage directions. Melania Trump did much the same last week when she went to Texas to see some of the migrant kids who were taken from their parents under her husband’s policy. The now-famous wording on her jacket made her a human billboard for what should be the unofficial motto of the Trump administration:

Kathleen Parker: The crying-child Rorschach

Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Like so many Americans, this columnist longs for the voice of another, the great and good Charles Krauthammer, who died last week, leaving us mortals to plod through the darkness without the light of his reasoned guidance.

Michael Gerson: Only values-based conservatives can conquer Trumpism

On the issue of child separation, President Trump had to be dragged kicking and screaming into basic humanity. His initial goal was to create terror in migrants without provoking revulsion in the broader public. He failed. Trump may be immune to sympathy, but he is not immune to pressure. His partial backdown proves he is not completely indifferent to public outrage, which hopefully will generate more of it. We have a president who is probing the limits of the constitutional order through his attempts to undermine checking and balancing institutions. He is also probing the limits of the moral order through racially charged attacks and the dehumanization of migrants. And he will continue pressing and testing until he meets firm resistance.

Trump Jr. rallies Republicans to defeat Montana Sen. Tester

Donald Trump Jr. urged Montana Republicans to rally against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in the fall election and said Friday that the two-term Democrat had fallen out of step with the state’s voters on issues ranging from immigration to gun control.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers votes against Republican legislation on immigration

The Congresswoman continued Thursday to push a so-called “consensus bill” that is scheduled for a vote next week. But that bill doesn’t have the support of Democrats in Congress, nor the U.S. Senate, and has been criticized by civil rights groups for doing little to improve the nation’s immigration system.

James Stavridis: Trump is crumbling the transatlantic bridge

Over the past few days, our nation’s volatile president attended two summits – one in Canada with America’s closest allies, friends and partners; and the other in Singapore with a brutal dictator. Presented with these two incredibly diverse sets of interlocutors across the table, Donald Trump chose to call Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “weak and dishonest,” while calling Kim Jong Un, arguably the worst leader in the world in terms of human rights, someone “very smart” and an “honorable” man whom he intends to invite to the White House.

Paul Waldman: Trump Foundation one big scam

I have some shocking news: An organization with “Trump” in its name has run into trouble with the law. Who could have imagined? Thursday, the New York attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit targeting the Trump Foundation. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold reports:

Marc A. Thiessen: Trump deserves more latitude and less attitude

Well, that didn’t take long. President Trump had barely departed from Singapore when Democrats in Washington unleashed scathing attacks over his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “What the United States has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. What North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and lasting,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., fumed. “In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., protested. Please. Where were these complaints when President Barack Obama was enjoying peanuts and Cracker Jack with Raul Castro at a Havana ballpark? And a few months ago, Schumer was decrying Trump’s “reckless” military threats and Pelosi was complaining about his “saber-rattling.” Now, suddenly, Trump’s gone from warmonger to the second coming of Neville Chamberlain?

Trump-Kim shake hands, commit to ‘complete denuclearization’

SINGAPORE – Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Yet as Trump toasted the summit’s results, he faced mounting questions about whether he got too little and gave away too much – including an agreement to halt U.S. military exercises with treaty ally South Korea. Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed unthinkable months ago when the two nations traded nuclear threats. The gathering of the two unpredictable leaders marked a striking gamble by the American president to grant Kim long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North’s nuclear program.

Trump’s vow to end military drills with Seoul stuns a region

SINGAPORE – President Donald Trump on Tuesday rocked a region and suggested the upending of decades of U.S. defense posture on the Korean Peninsula when he announced that he was stopping annual U.S.-South Korean military drills and wants to remove the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korean attack. The stunning, almost offhand comments, made during a news conference hours after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, contradicted countless previous declarations by U.S. political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely crucial.