US politics

Donald Trump’s inability to care what his critics think is paying off

25 June 2018 14:55

Donald Trump is becoming a restaurant critic. This morning he weighed in on the Red Hen restaurant, which is located…

Trump is ‘vice-signalling’ over immigration – and it’s going to work

19 June 2018 12:45

The stories are filed, the pictures are posted, and the media verdict is almost unanimous: separating children from their parents…

On Germany, Trump is right about the big picture, wrong about the detail

19 June 2018 11:54

Time was, a US President wouldn’t dream of criticising the government of one of its Nato allies in public –…

How splitting up families gave Trump the biggest crisis of his presidency

19 June 2018 10:35

For the Democrats, the mounting furore over forcibly separating children from their parents at the border offers a golden opportunity…

Donald Trump’s migrant policy shows he has finally gone too far

18 June 2018 16:42

Historians will still be asking in 100 years’ time why public outrage did not do Donald Trump more harm. How…

James Comey is a man obsessed with his own myth

14 June 2018 18:13

Oh, dear. The myth that James Comey has sedulously cultivated of himself—the ascetic warrior for truth, the vigilant sentinel of…

Donald Trump’s dictator complex

12 June 2018 14:23

The reviews are coming in for Donald Trump’s performance in Singapore and they aren’t pretty. Nicholas Kristof of the New…

If this is a trade war, the United States will win

1 June 2018 15:10

Donald Trump is following through on his threat—or promise, as his voters see it—to impose steep tariffs on foreign goods…

Trump’s trade war is back on

31 May 2018 17:04

The threat of a global trade war is back. The Trump administration has announced that the US will impose tariffs…

The Spectator Podcast: the people vs the EU

31 May 2018 13:11

This week, the new Italian coalition’s proposed government was blocked by the Italian President, giving EU grandees in Brussels a…

Roseanne Barr’s downfall is a victory over Trump culture

30 May 2018 9:09

It’s always the ones you most expect. Roseanne Barr, an icon of Trump culture, has had her TV sitcom cancelled…

Donald Trump goes on the warpath with North Korea

24 May 2018 15:17

So much for the “World Peace” that Donald Trump bragged he would create at the June 12th Singapore summit. In…

The sorry state of Trump’s affairs

23 May 2018 13:52

Washington, DC It was a petulant Donald Trump who appeared at a White House press briefing on Tuesday with the…

Israel is going crazy for Trump

20 May 2018 9:00

‘Trump Make Israel Great’ reads the banner on the deserted hotel next to the new American embassy in Jerusalem. Unlike…

How my lame joke saw me fall foul of the campus zealots

14 May 2018 15:00

The International Studies Association (ISA) meeting in San Francisco is a chance for academics the world over to come together.…

Donald Trump is right to take on Iran’s mullahs

12 May 2018 8:30

The point behind the argument about the Iran nuclear deal goes beyond precise nuclear facts. It is like the row…

Iran shows that even Trump can get things right

9 May 2018 13:28

An unexpected downside of Donald Trump’s presidency is the rare occasion on which he makes a wise call. Trump’s decision to…

America goes rogue

9 May 2018 8:05

For the past year or so, in speaking to groups, I’ve ventured to suggest that Donald Trump will ultimately rank…

Hectoring Trump on Iran has done Britain and France no favours

9 May 2018 7:16

Three years ago when the Iran nuclear agreement was signed there was massive political resistance in Washington. Notably – but…

Trump’s critics should give him the credit he deserves for Korea

27 April 2018 17:12

Donald Trump’s critics waste little time in condemning him. Whether it’s an ill-judged gaffe or a spelling mistake in a…

Kanye West won’t be the last celebrity to cross the left/right Rubicon in 2018 

27 April 2018 10:24

In a culture war you can’t be too picky about who your friends are, even less your celebrities. The stars never come…

Trump and Macron’s special relationship is no surprise

24 April 2018 16:40

People are expressing bemusement that Presidents Trump and Macron should get on well, since they seem such different people. Surely…

Watch: Donald Trump’s Macron power play

24 April 2018 16:11

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have a history of trying to upstage each other on the world stage. When the…

The shaming of Shania Twain

23 April 2018 14:40

Celebrity apologies are all the rage. Such is the power of Twitter, that stars without round-the-clock PR surveillance and teams…

Macron-Trump bromance blossoms as the sun sets on Special Relationship

23 April 2018 7:57

Twenty-one years ago the sun finally set on the British Empire with the handover of Hong Kong. Now, the sun…