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Commentary: The First 100 Days

Reuters contributors look at how President Donald Trump will impact the United States – and the world – during his first 100 days in office.

Commentary: Why Trump should mend ties with Russia

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During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s verbal affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin so puzzled the Washington establishment that some speculated Putin had either “recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation” or that Trump was simply a “useful fool” for the Russians.

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Commentary: The danger of Trump's mood-based diplomacy

Apr 28 2017

Donald Trump doesn’t practice traditional diplomacy. As in domestic policy, but with a thicker fog of ignorance, Trump treats each issue of foreign policy or engagement as a separate event, and reacts to it according to his mood.

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Commentary: Why the Trump-Russia investigation may continue for years

Apr 06 2017

President Donald Trump wants the issue of Russian influence in the 2016 election to vanish. He has called it “a hoax” in his tweets. But it’s not. It’s real – and might take years to resolve.

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Commentary: Trump wants to gut the State Department. Not everyone thinks that’s a bad idea.

Mar 10 2017

Concerns around the State Department that President Donald Trump's transition was in chaos seem mistaken. What if it’s by design? What if Trump decided America doesn't need State and if he can't get away with closing it down, he can disable, deconstruct and defund it?

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Commentary: Can new appointees fix Trump's Russia problem?

Mar 03 2017

The investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election almost certainly hasn’t claimed its last Washington scalp. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have recused himself from any official investigations into the topic, but his position still looks vulnerable.

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Commentary: Chasing leaks is a road to hell in Washington. See: Nixon.

Mar 01 2017

The Trump White House has moved at warp speed toward historic achievements. Sadly, these may include violations of the spirit and letter of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

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Commentary: Trump's job promises won't help struggling coal counties

Feb 10 2017

I watched the mountains, what was left of them, during soccer practice. While my son tumbled on a field with other five-year-olds, I cast my eyes across the river, where the hills were a pale brown with deep gorges and no trees: foothills with flat, bulldozed tops.

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Commentary: Here’s what could sink the Trump-Putin relationship

Feb 07 2017

Donald Trump continues to defend Vladimir Putin. In his pre-Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, the U.S. president dismissed the Fox News host’s description of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” said Trump. “What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

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Commentary: Trump tweets show how social media can hurt democracy

Feb 06 2017

Last March, three months before Britons voted to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, then Prime Minister David Cameron asked Daily Mail proprietor Lord Rothermere to fire the newspaper’s editor, Paul Dacre. The press baron, descendant of the family which did more than any other to create the British tabloid press, refused, and did not even tell Dacre of the request until after the result of the referendum. The incident, reported by the BBC, has not been denied by any of the parties involved.

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Commentary: Trump has broken his oath to God – and America

Feb 03 2017

On his inauguration as president of the United States, on Jan. 20, Donald Trump took the oath of office in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. He swore that he would to the best of his ability “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” A week later, on Jan. 27, he signed an executive order on immigration that was manifestly unconstitutional. It indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from admission for 90 days.