A conversation with The Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker

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26 May 2020




(United States - Monday, 25 May, 9.00-10.00pm EDT)


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President Trump’s critics often describe his term of office as filled with pure and uninhibited chaos. The Washington Post White House Correspondent Philip Rucker disagrees. In the reporter’s latest book – the award-winning A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America – Rucker demonstrates that there are clear patterns and values in the behaviours of both President Trump and his associates. What are these patterns and values and what implications do they have for US politics and foreign policy? How are they faring in a pandemic and economic disaster? And how would a second term of office for the Trump administration differ from the first?

To discuss these issues, USSC hosted a webinar event featuring Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award-winning writer Philip Rucker in conversation with United States Studies Centre CEO Professor Simon Jackman. 

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker is co-author with Carol Leonnig of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.


  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman
    Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre

    Professor Simon Jackman commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in April 2016. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.


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