And now all of Washington and I really wouldn’t mind a few quieter days

What a US president does is much more important to the Americans and the American media than to the Germans about reporting on the Chancellor. There is a fear of losing access, especially since Trump is scarce resources, for example very rarely giving detailed solo press conferences. That is why it is better to leave the protest to the advocacy group, in this case the White House Correspondents’ Association, of which I am also a member and in which the course on the subject is repeatedly fought for.

Second: yes, what should we do? Times "Trump-free" do as a colleague suggested to me? So ignore Trump, the most powerful man in the world, while his tweets, vanities and politics shake the globe? I find that adventurous. I think it helps to clearly name the attacks like on Wednesday (preferably more clearly than before!), But otherwise not to become a war party yourself, but to do your job: report, try to explain.

Trump’s tactics, Trump’s longing

It’s a paradoxical, perhaps even perverse, relationship between Trump and the media. He uses the attacks against them as a political tactic, but at the same time longs for media recognition. And we? Everyone follows his show, which interests our readers and viewers everywhere, but suffers because his tactics sows hostility against journalists, against facts.

When Trump says after 67 minutes "Do we want a little more?"all the journalists call: "Yes!"

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And the drama continues: Trump’s disposal of Justice Minister Jeff Sessions now offers him a starting point to curtail the Russia investigation. Sessions’ temporary successor, Matthew Whitaker, has previously stated that he believes Special Counsel Mueller is beyond his authority and unable to investigate an obstruction of justice.

A drama like in 2000?

Trump is shaking it again checks and balances, so far they have held. But the concern that Trump could now also dump Mueller is driving thousands of Trump opponents back onto the streets. The country does not come to rest.

And now it is becoming apparent that it will be a big one Recount, so there should be a recount of the votes. In Florida, of all places. With the words Recount and Florida, pictures from the year 2000 spring back to your head, of punch cards and blinking election workers.

The political situation after the election looks like this:

The Republicans have an ideal world problem. They have lost the suburbs, where Trump’s manners put off the educated, the women, the immigrants. Democratic challengers wrested seats from Republican incumbents not just on the east coast, but also in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma. An alarm signal for the party, for which Suburbia was a bastion for decades: The Democrats have regained power after two traumatic years on the sidelines. They will torture Trump from January with investigations from his business conduct to tax returns. But first of all they have to agree on a course and a tour. Not that easy: One part wants to tackle the hated Trump with maximum severity (impeachment!), While another part dreads being too radical. And Trump? Has lost power, but wants to carve out flashy democrats into an enemy image for the 2020 election campaign. He sees himself confirmed in his campaign strategy with identity politics and serving fears of foreign infiltration. He was able to score points in areas where votes were taken in entire states, not in small constituencies: in other words, in the Senate or in the gubernatorial elections – as it will be in the upcoming presidential election. If the price is that his party smears in the suburbs, that’s fine with him.

The stage for the great drama of 2020 is set.

And now all of Washington and I really wouldn’t mind a few quieter days. Fortunately, the president is still on his way to Paris on Friday, the music will then play in Europe.

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