The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021

  • Online Talk with Susan Glasser, The New Yorker
  • As part of the Transatlantic Tuesday series.
  • In dialogue

He wants to do it again: Donald Trump is running for the U.S. presidency in 2024. Once, in 2016, the former reality TV star already secured the highest office in the state – with all the consequences: No one knows the inside story of the four years Trump went to war with Washington from the White House – from the chaotic beginnings to the brutal finale on January 06, 2021 – as well as Susan Glasser, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and (with Peter Baker) author of The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021.

In this exclusive online talk, the top journalist, who has watched Trump’s rise and fall up close, shares what she has witnessed and gleaned from her best sources during this absurd yet deadly serious era in the control center of power. Glasser explains that as Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump didn’t just stumble from one controversy to the next: he also learned to act more like the foreign autocrats and dictators he so admires.

The Divider takes us into the Oval Office of those years while revealing how close we came to nuclear war with North Korea, which cabinet members had a resignation pact, and whether Trump really asked Japan’s prime minister to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize. Glasser equally sharply dissects the ethical and moral miseries that those around Trump always face – and yet how they justified working for a man they deemed unfit for his post.

Moderation: René Freudenthal, Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg

The event will take place online and will be streamed live:

Admission free | Recommended contribution towards expenses: €5

Event language: English

In cooperation with the nationwide network of German-American institutes and centers

Admission is free.