Can He Do That?

Donald Trump’s historic presidency is unlike any other that’s come before it. From a record-setting staff turnover rate to unpredictable policy decisions to an ongoing investigation into his campaign, each episode of this podcast focuses on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that raises the question: ‘Can He Do That?’ Led by host Allison Michaels, the podcast features Washington Post reporters and experts to illuminate the ways Donald Trump can reshape the presidency. And what that means for the United States and the rest of the world.



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Will Trump, "a tariff man," win the trade war with China?

Amid escalating tensions and stalled talks between the U.S. and China, financial reporter David J. Lynch and Beijing Bureau Chief Anna Fifield explain what's at stake for Trump, the two countries, and the global economy.



What power does Trump have to push back on GM for closing U.S. plants?

The revival of American manufacturing is a key part of Trump's economic message. Now that GM faces cuts, he's threatened to impose import penalties, and revoke subsidies. What's within his power? Economic policy reporter Damian Paletta explains.



How much power does a president have over election recounts?

Amid recounts in Florida, the president has used strong rhetoric to cast doubt on our elections. Can he do that? Amy Gardner, reporting from Broward County, Fla., explains what's at stake for Republicans, Democrats and the president himself.



How will Democrats use their new power as a check on the president?

Will a Democratic house stop President Trump's agenda? Mike DeBonis explains how House Democrats might stall Trump's policies in Congress, and Karoun Demirjian breaks down how far the Democrats might go in investigating the president.


 2018-11-09  22m

Trump forced out his Attorney General. Can he do that?

Jeff Sessions and President Trump have had a tense relationship since Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation last year. So why did Trump request his resignation now? And what are the implications for control of Mueller’s ongoing probe?


 2018-11-08  16m

How do the midterm election results reflect on the president?

After two years tracking candidates and talking to voters, David Weigel offers insight on last night's results. Which party can claim the biggest wins? Was last night a referendum on President Trump? And will we see a new era of bipartisanship?


 2018-11-07  21m

President Trump has played an outsize role in midterm campaigns. Can he do that?

Are midterm elections always a referendum on the sitting president? Reporters Ashley Parker and Michael Scherer explain who Trump has endorsed, which candidates have embraced Trump's policies and how his presence might play out at the polls.


 2018-11-02  24m

Trump says he'll stop a migrant group from crossing the U.S. southern border. Can he do that?

White House reporter David Nakamura explains which pieces of border operations and immigration law Trump can change or influence. Plus, Kevin Sieff shares recounts migrant experiences from his time traveling with the caravan in Mexico.


 2018-10-26  22m

Trump faces a challenging moment in Saudi-U.S. relations. What's at stake?

Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi's disappeared from a Saudi consulate in Turkey. His editor, Karen Attiah, sheds light on Khashoggi as a person and a writer. Reporter Shane Harris breaks down this pivotal foreign policy moment.


 2018-10-19  29m

Trump made some strange financial moves in the decade before he became president. Can he do that?

Trump's financial past includes $400 million in cash spending, $300 million in private loans and a $50 million loan to himself. David Fahrenthold and Jonathan O'Connell unravel their investigation into the mysteries of Trump's finances from 2005-2015.


 2018-10-12  24m