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Peter Nicholas

Staff Writer

Peter Nicholas is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers the White House.
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Trump’s Ex–National Security Adviser on His Failure to Condemn White Supremacy

It “gives space to these groups that foment hatred and intolerance,” H. R. McMaster says.

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Trump Is Ill-Suited to Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak

A crisis that is heading into its third month could draw out every personal and managerial failing that the president has shown to this point.

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Trump's Former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, Finally Lets Loose

The retired Marine general explained, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trump’s behavior regarding North Korea, immigration, and Ukraine.

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America’s Allies Seem to Be Moving On Without Trump

At the G7 meeting, leaders seemed to have given up on an agreement with him on trade, climate, and even whether Russian President Vladimir Putin is friend or foe.

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A Defining Moment for Trump’s Foreign Policy

A nation that itself broke free from colonial control has, under Trump, struggled to come up with a clear, consistent position on a massive demonstration from people in Hong Kong chafing at Chinese rule.

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Trump’s Fourth of July Takeover Was Inevitable

The event is the latest expression of the 45th president’s creeping ubiquity.

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Allies Try Using D-Day to Remind Trump Who America's Real Friends Are

The U.S. president has expressed affection for authoritarian leaders, so it’s unclear what impression the celebrations will make on him.

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Trump Learns to Live With NATO—And Vice Versa

There are arguments over spending, and all manner of other issues. But the 70-year-old alliance has seen bad times before.