Fear - Trump in the White House
Bob Woodward
Contributed by Larisa Brooke

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Chapter 24
Summary

The New York Times publishes two stories detailing an undisclosed meeting between Don Trump Jr., Manafort, Kushner and a Russian lawyer. According to the paper, the meeting happened during the campaigns and the lawyer was providing some dirt on Clinton (Woodward 170). Trump tweets and says that it is normal for opponents to dig for dirt on each other, especially during the campaign. Despite that, Dowd provides Mueller with all the necessary documents relating to the investigation. Another story arises claiming that Mueller is investigating Trump’s finances, including Russian purchases of apartments in Trump’s buildings, among others (Woodward 171). Following the new information, Dowd needs a confirmation on the apartments from Quarles who cannot give relevant information at the time. Nonetheless, Quarles informs Dowd that the story was misguided.

the Freedom Caucus wants Trump to institute some prohibition on paying for gender reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments for transgender people serving in the military (Woodward 173). During the campaigns, Trump had proclaimed his support for the LGBT community. This request is hard to deliver but necessary since he needs the support of the Freedom Caucus. Therefore, Trump tweets, broadcasting the information that the Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military (Woodward 174). Later, the courts rule otherwise, and the Pentagon starts accepting transgender recruits on January 1, 2018.

Analysis

Journalists are individuals who make every effort necessary to write something that will attract readers. Sometimes they may even write things without the proper evidence. Nevertheless, most of the written stories are true, thus leaving the involved individuals discredited. For instance, the story of the meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer seems like a leak from Trump’s team. Although the meeting happened during the campaigns, it places Trump in a bad position considering Mueller ‘s investigation. Dowd’s act of providing every needed document proves the President’s level of cooperation. The amount of paperwork delivered to the investigator is enormous and well-organized, indicating Trump’s desire to get over with the case within the least time possible.

The author says that the Freedom Caucus is a group of conservative individuals. It is clear that the group is misusing its power as it threatens the President to ensure they get what they want. This act shows that other leaders have the power of manipulating the president into making undesirable decisions. This comes especially when the President needs the leaders to support his agendas. Despite that, Trump acts fast through the tweets, and this may indicate that his support for the LGTB community is false. Trump should have listened to his advisers even before taking action. Nevertheless, the court delivers justice for the group showing that all Americans are equal.

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