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

  • The best template for Trump’s inauguration speech? Nixon’s

    The best template for Trump’s inauguration speech? Nixon’s

    Even before his inauguration, Donald Trump has notched up at least one dubious achievement: He’ll be the first modern president to enter the White House without a honeymoon. Most Americans give new presidents the benefit of the doubt. In 2001, for example, a solid majority rallied behind George...

  • Trump's foreign policy nominees flat-out disagree with him

    Trump's foreign policy nominees flat-out disagree with him

    Donald Trump’s foreign policy nominees launched a Reassurance Offensive last week, promising Congress — and the rest of us — that the next president won’t be as scary as he sounds. They almost succeeded. In their Senate confirmation hearings, Trump’s prospective cabinet members smoothed the rough...

  • Trump just compared the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Let that sink in

    Trump just compared the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Let that sink in

    For a few days, it almost looked as if Donald Trump had made a tenuous peace with U.S. intelligence agencies over their unwelcome finding that Russia’s Vladimir Putin had tried to help his presidential campaign. But it didn’t take much to set him off again – and prompt him to escalate his war against...

  • A ‘good relationship’ with Russia shouldn’t be Trump’s priority

    A ‘good relationship’ with Russia shouldn’t be Trump’s priority

    Donald Trump is right. (I’ve been waiting weeks for a chance to write that.) “Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” the president-elect tweeted last weekend. “Only ‘stupid’ people, or fools, would think that it is bad!” That’s true; no sensible person wants a...

  • 观点: 与俄罗斯保持“良好关系”不应是特朗普的优先事项

    观点: 与俄罗斯保持“良好关系”不应是特朗普的优先事项

    唐纳德·特朗普是对的。我等了好几周才有机会这样写。 “与俄罗斯保持良好关系是一件好事, 不是坏事, ”候选总统上周末发推文说。“只有‘愚蠢的’人或者笨蛋, 才会认为这是坏的” 是的; 没有一个理智的人会想要和核超级大国保持敌对状态。 但是——你知道会有“但是”——特朗普用推文表达其外交政策原则时, 遗漏了一个重要的部分。美国外交政策的目标是保护美国利益, 而不是与任何特定的国家保持“良好关系”, 更不用说是行为上有如此多问题的弗拉基米尔·普京的俄罗斯。 去年4月, 他宣布“美国优先”的口号, 之后未有过全面的外交政策的演讲。不过, 他的确在竞选期间表达了将侧重的几个核心目标: 击败伊斯兰国和其他恐怖团体。...

  • Trump has the habits of a showman, not a manager. Get ready for chaos

    Trump has the habits of a showman, not a manager. Get ready for chaos

    To outward appearances, Donald Trump’s transition has been humming steadily toward his inauguration on Jan. 20. The president-elect has named all but a few members of his prospective Cabinet, and some will begin confirmation hearings this week. Meanwhile, Trump Tower has issued a torrent of White...

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