Reliable Allies Refuse to Defend a President Content With Chaos

I am proud to shut down the government…I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not gonna blame you for it.”—Donald Trump, December 11 Buffeted by a drop in the markets, fallout over his troop pullout and a looming shutdown, the president is forced to test the idea that he is his own best spokesman.