White House Bureau Chief Education: Yale University, B.A. in History, 2006
Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. He previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Rucker also is a Political Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He joined The Post in 2005 as a local news reporter.
Honors & Awards:
Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, 2018, for coverage of Russian interference
George Polk Award, 2018, for coverage of Russian interference
Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize, 2018, for distinguished reporting on the presidency
Sigma Delta Chi Award, 2018, for coverage of Russian interference
Professional Affiliations: Yale Daily News Foundation, Board Member
As the president prepares for his State of the Union address, advisers say the West Wing has the feel of Trump Tower, where Trump had absolute control over his family business and was free to follow his impulses.
The president is trying to bend Congress to his will in the shutdown fight, but his negotiating skills appear to be falling short. “It’s like McDonald’s not being able to make a hamburger,” one critic said.