Doyle McManus

Columnist

Doyle McManus is Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has been a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, a White House correspondent and a presidential campaign reporter, and was the paper’s Washington bureau chief from 1996 to 2008. McManus, a native of San Francisco, has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1983 but still considers Hermosa Beach his spiritual home.

Recent Articles

  • Why Trump needs James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

    Why Trump needs James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

    When President-elect Donald Trump announced that James N. Mattis was his choice to lead the Department of Defense, what seemed to delight him most was the retired general’s Iraq war nickname: “Mad Dog.” “Mad Dog Mattis!” Trump told a post-election rally. “Mad Dog. He is great, he is great…. They...

  • Did Trump just cause a diplomatic crisis over Taiwan?

    Did Trump just cause a diplomatic crisis over Taiwan?

    Donald Trump’s aides have been boasting, with some justice, that his transition is moving faster than most of his predecessors’ did. Trump has named almost half his Cabinet; in 2008, President Obama didn’t get that done until mid-December. Now Trump has set a speed record he never intended: He...

  • Don’t believe Trump — he didn’t win in a landslide

    Don’t believe Trump — he didn’t win in a landslide

    It’s been three weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election, but he can’t stop stewing over the narrow result. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he tweeted on Sunday. “Serious...

  • Trump admits he has a kleptocracy problem, but so far, he hasn't got a solution

    Trump admits he has a kleptocracy problem, but so far, he hasn't got a solution

    Let us now praise Donald Trump — on one count, anyway: He realizes he faces an ethics problem. Last week, when the president-elect talked to the New York Times, he was widely quoted as saying that conflict of interest laws don’t apply to the president. “The law is totally on my side,” he said....

  • The big-picture problem with Steve Bannon

    The big-picture problem with Steve Bannon

    Stephen K. Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s chief political strategist, has been condemned by critics as a closet racist and anti-Semite — presumably disqualifying charges for a top White House aide. Bannon and his friends insist he’s none of those things. Indeed, reporters have scoured Bannon’s...

  • Prioritizing your panic buttons for four years of Trump

    Prioritizing your panic buttons for four years of Trump

    Donald Trump has given people plenty to worry about in the first 10 days of his transition to the presidency — especially anyone who thought all along he was unqualified for the job. It’s as if a bunch of people who never expected to win the White House have been suddenly asked to organize an actual...

  • Some advice for Donald Trump from Ronald Reagan’s former secretary of State George Shultz

    Some advice for Donald Trump from Ronald Reagan’s former secretary of State George Shultz

    George P. Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s longest-serving secretary of State, didn’t endorse either candidate in this year’s presidential election, even though he’s a lifelong Republican. He declined to disclose who got his vote on election day. But the conservative elder statesman who has worked on U.S....

  • We’ve seen two Donald Trumps. Who will show up at the White House?

    We’ve seen two Donald Trumps. Who will show up at the White House?

    We’ve seen two Donald Trumps in the past week. Which one will arrive at the White House on Inauguration Day? The combative Trump who called President Obama “a disaster” and Hillary Clinton “a criminal,” or the gracious Trump who praised them after he won? The vengeful Trump who vowed that Paul...

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