Latest from Philip Rucker

‘Have a good life’: Trump leaves for Florida in low-key farewell

If the final hours of Trump’s presidency were publicly anticlimactic and relatively sedate, they were characteristically frenetic behind the scenes.
  • Jan 20, 2021

As Trump exits Washington, he tells modest crowd, ‘We will be back in some form’

The outgoing president, skipping Biden’s inauguration, planned a grand military send-off but only a few hundred people showed up to see him depart.
  • Jan 20, 2021

Trump’s final day: A diminished and aggrieved president stays out of public view before exit

The same pathologies that abetted President Trump’s political rise, animated his followers and became hallmarks of his turbulent single term have now, in the twilight of his presidency, left him politically damaged.
  • Jan 20, 2021

Trump to flee Washington and seek rehabilitation in a MAGA oasis: Florida

Allies are at work to establish a Trump fiefdom in the battleground state aimed at maintaining his influence over Republican politics.
  • Jan 16, 2021

Trump is isolated and angry at aides for failing to defend him as he is impeached again

With less than seven days remaining in his presidency, Trump’s inner circle is shrinking, offices in his White House are emptying, and he is angry over the backlash to his incitement of a mob that stormed the Capitol.
  • Jan 13, 2021

Trump defiant and unapologetic about his role in inciting Capitol mob attack

The departing president also warned that impeaching him a second time could lead to more violence.
  • Jan 12, 2021

Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol

As his allies pleaded for help, the president watched the crisis on TV.
  • Jan 11, 2021

As Trump leaves office weakened, Republicans wonder if his wounds are fatal

In the wake of the mob attack on the Capitol that he incited, Trump is now destined to slink out of the White House diminished and increasingly isolated.
  • Jan 10, 2021
  • Post Reports

Trump’s ‘American Carnage’

Trump’s promise for a smooth transition of power might be too late, amid growing calls to remove him from office. After the attack on the Capitol, lawmakers seemed to come together — but will that last with a 50-50 Senate? And an update from Georgia.
  • Jan 8, 2021

After inciting mob attack, Trump retreats in rage. Then, grudgingly, he admits his loss.

Trump’s assault on American democracy over the past two months, culminating with Wednesday’s attack at the Capitol, has left him as isolated as he ever has been in his four years as president.
  • Jan 7, 2021