In a wide-ranging interview with Washington Post Live, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker discussed their highly anticipated new book, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” which chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of former president Trump’s last year in office.


Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig says one of the chilling things she and co-author Phil Rucker learned while writing “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” was “the degree to which [President Trump] was willing to put American lives and the democracy in peril for his own personal gain.” Rucker added that almost every decision Trump made in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic was based on his reelection hopes. “It was all built around Nov. 3., Election Day, and how he could remain in power.” (Washington Post Live)
“I Alone Can Fix It” co-author Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker say Ivanka Trump had to be called to the Oval Office multiple times on Jan 6 to “get her father into a mental tell his supporters to stand down and go home." “Based on our reporting it appears…Ivanka was the stable pony for her father. She came in to essentially calm down the racehorse,” Leonnig said. (Washington Post Live)
“I Alone Can Fix It” co-author Phil Rucker says it was Vice President Mike Pence, not President Trump, who was on the phone urging a swift response to the insurrection of Jan. 6. “It was Vice President Pence who was being held in a secure location underground at the Capitol, his own life in danger…who was on the phone with the Pentagon, on the phone with Congressional leaders, urging a swift response….It was an extraordinary couple of hours where you have a president completely M.I.A. and the vice president filing in that gap.” (Washington Post Live)
Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig says she thinks former president Donald Trump is making “all the noises of somebody who wants to run again.” “As reporters we do not prognosticate, but right at this moment, he sure sounds like a guy who’s running.” (Washington Post Live)

Carol Leonnig

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller A Very Stable Genius, Leonnig is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

Philip Rucker

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 co-author of “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and is a Political Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He joined The Post in 2005 as a local news reporter.