President Trump has wielded calls for a wall along the southern border as a political cudgel, a bargaining chip and a rallying cry. Now, with time running out to build it, the wall is threatening to be a drag on his presidency.
During 17 extraordinary minutes of raised voices, pointed fingers and boorish interruptions, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer gave the president a taste of Washington’s new dynamic.
The presidential distrust, once mainly confined to the intelligence community’s assessments about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, has now spread across a range of global issues, including assessments on North Korea, Iran, climate change and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Peter O’Rourke spent months as the agency’s acting secretary before being reassigned over the summer. His departure marks an unceremonious fall for a Trump loyalist once seen as a rising star at the agency.