Trump: Competent, Conventional President Abroad

What a difference a week makes. On May 19, President Donald Trump took off in Air Force One for the Middle East and Europe. He left behind a Washington and a nation buzzing about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, the multiple reasons he had given for doing so, the meeting he’d had with the Russian foreign minister a day later and his statement that Comey is a “nut job.”

The I-word — impeachment — was in the air as Democrats and mainstream media muttered that he was obstructing justice by attempting to throttle investigation of collusion with the Russians. Brainy and quirky conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat argued that the Trump Cabinet should remove him from office as unfit under the 25th Amendment.

So it has been something of a surprise to see the Trump who emerged from Air Force One in Riyadh behaving quite ...

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