Trump, Transition and Tremors

This page will catch up developments in the transition period following the election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States. (Search “America in transition” for entries that may not have been in that day’s headline).

Trump-Lewis row heightens partisan tensions as MLK weekend begins – Jan 15

Unpresidented – Jan 11

Trump says any Russian hack had ‘no effect’ on election outcome – Jan 7

Trump set for tense intel meeting – Jan 6

Trump nuclear tweet prompts alarm – Dec 23

Electoral College set to ratify Trump’s victory – Dec 19

CIA hacking report should ‘alarm every American’ – Dec 12

Trump’s Taiwan call sounds diplomatic alarms – Dec 2

Trump’s top team takes shape – Nov 14

A crack in everything… – Nov 12

World in transition – Nov 11

Not their President? – Nov 10

US wakes up to new political world – Nov 9

And as we head into this period of unprecedented uncertainty, it might be worth reminding ourselves of the day the now President-elect jumped into the Republican primary race.


During the 2016 US Presidential election I wrote a regular column for FirstWord on the candidates ad and media strategies. You can read an archive of those here.

For the last 10 weeks of the campaign, I co-hosted an election podcast with The Guardian’s Lawrence Donegan at – you can download them from iTunes here. Needless to say, we got everything as wrong as everyone else and used the final one to apologize.

A couple of weeks before the election, I took part in a panel with Prof John Naughton, Prof David Runciman and Prof Gary Gerstle at Wolfson College, Cambridge on “Post-Truth politics and the Presidential election”. It was a great evening, with as you’d expect, some insightful interventions from the sold-out audience. The best question, I think, was “Deep down, do you think Trump really wants to be President..?”

My answer was that I thought he wanted to win, but wasn’t sure whether he wanted the prize.

I guess we’ll see over the coming weeks and months.

You can download a transcript of my presentation here: wolfson-paper-final.