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
Many Republicans feel far safer breaking with Trump on more distant issues of foreign policy, where the president often finds himself outside of his party’s historic positioning, than on matters that personally affect Trump.
The president’s personal concerns have become priorities of departments that traditionally have operated with some degree of political independence from the White House — and their leaders are engaging their boss’s obsessions.
The coming weeks will test whether Trump’s familiar blame-the-accuser-and-counterattack playbook will be successful in the face of mounting evidence that he asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on potential 2020 Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
After a White House scramble and disagreement over releasing the rough transcript of a call with Ukraine’s leader and the complaint it prompted, President Trump went against the advice of some aides and advisers and gambled that he could overcome the forces and possible evidence arrayed against him.