President Trump has left little doubt through his utterances the past few weeks that he sees himself not only as the Republican standard-bearer but as a leader of a modern grievance movement animated by civic strife and marked by calls for “white power.”
President Trump's speech before the giant faces was an effort to scale up particular grievances into broad national rifts, to claim that protesters who seek equal treatment and dignity for African Americans are not protesting against police violence, but rather seeking to dismantle America, and western culture.
The virus continued to spiral out of control, particularly in the South, as several states experienced record numbers of confirmed infections and hospitalizations. Florida logged another daily high of new cases, while Arizona set a record for hospitalizations.
1st Lt. Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by President Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
Among the statues to be erected in the garden — spelled out in an executive order — are evangelical leader Billy Graham, frontiersman Davy Crockett, first lady Dolley Madison and Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
On Independence Day in 1848, the long-awaited start of the obelisk's construction was cause for celebration. This Fourth of July, President Trump plans to make it a focal point of fireworks, despite the pandemic.
The possibility that Russia paid militants to target U.S. forces — and that the president received reports about the activity but did little about it — has revived allegations, particularly among Democrats, that President Trump is loath to confront Russia.
Business interests see a short-term battle against two hard-to-influence forces: individuals acting irresponsibly and a Trump administration reluctant to lay down guidelines that would mandate individual behavior during the pandemic.