Jonathan Ladd is an Associate Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Department of Government at Georgetown University and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He studies the news media, partisan polarization and public opinion. His book, Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters (Princeton, 2012), examines the contentious relationship between journalists, political leaders and the mass public throughout American history. It won the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior and Political Psychology. He is also a regular contributor at the political science blog Mischiefs of Faction. He received his PhD in Politics from Princeton University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He is currently involved in several projects investigating the relationship between the information environment and mass-level partisanship.
I think it's unusual for the chief of staff to go on a trip, particularly on a trip this long. The chief of staff is usually more of a chief operating officer in the White House itself, and normally when your principal—whether it's the president himself or the head of Cabinet agency—goes abroad, you have his deputy and those folks staying behind to help manage operations in his absence.
Both the Israelis and Palestinians know that the current situation is not good for anyone. It's bad for Israelis and awful for those in Gaza. That's where I'd start if I was Trump.
It’s not about values in one category and interests in another. In the case of the two previous administrations, one Republican and one Democrat, they both saw it as congruous with counterterrorism efforts. This administration is not even claiming to find a balance. They’re throwing it all out the window.