What We’re Following
Trump’s Offensive Comments: During a meeting Thursday with lawmakers about immigration policy, President Trump reportedly spoke disparagingly of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, asking, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” (He also reportedly said he’d prefer that more immigrants come from Norway, but not many are likely to do so.) Trump’s rhetoric on immigration has long been incendiary, but as Adam Serwer writes, these remarks put a particularly ugly—and inescapable—face to the purpose of his presidency.
Matters of State: Trump announced on Twitter that he is canceling his first official visit to London because he is “not a big fan” of the American embassy’s new location. Although the reversal may in fact have had more to do with concerns the president would be met with protests, the public declaration of pique is unlikely to help his diplomatic goals. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is preparing to set the U.S. nuclear-weapons policy, and a leaked draft suggests the nation is moving to expand its arsenal.
Presidential Fitness: The latest crop of West Wing scandals has renewed the question of whether Trump is fit to serve as president—yet no matter how dysfunctional the situation in the White House, there are very few courses of action that could fix things. A Yale psychiatry professor explains why she’s been telling lawmakers that Trump’s mental state is “dangerous,” even though she hasn’t examined him. And on this week’s episode of Radio Atlantic, James Fallows discusses what the nation should do about concerns like these. Listen here—and once you’re done, we’d value your feedback on this short survey about the podcast.