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Will the “Tuesday Night Massacre” be Trump’s Demise?

Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman and CEO, LEVICK President Donald Trump’s abrupt and bizarre firing of FBI Director James Comey has all the trappings of the Saturday Night Massacre, the epochal moment in the Watergate saga that ultimately proved Richard Nixon’s undoing. Will the Tuesday Night Massacre spell Trump’s demise? At this point, no one –…

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Trump Rallies the Faithful

Virgil Scudder, President, Virgil Scudder & Associates He did it again.  Just when millions of Americans hoped we were seeing a more presidential Trump after his late February address to Congress, “The Donald” reverted to form last Saturday night in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  His performance was more Elmer Gantry than Abe Lincoln. Ostensibly, he was reporting on…

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Trump’s 100-Day Speech in Harrisburg: Presidential “Leadership” Turned on Its Head

Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman and CEO, LEVICK If asked to define “presidential leadership,” most communications professionals would, I suspect, cite such traditional qualities as consistency, thoughtfulness, and the capacity to rise above narrow partisanship. To which the current occupant of the White House, New York native Donald Trump, would snarl: “Fuggedaboutit!” Restraint and reflection? They’re…

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Steve Bannon’s Big Mistake: Taking President Trump Literally (Op-Ed)

Andrew Ricci, Vice President, LEVICK On the day after last year’s presidential election, when the world was still stunned at Donald Trump’s shocking upset, many stars were on the rise. But perhaps no star in the media world was rising as fast as that of Salena Zito, a journalist who had spent 11 years at the…

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Exxon Surprises Trump on Climate Deal

Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR During his campaign, President Trump promised his constituents he would abandon the “costly” and “bad” Paris climate accord in order to step back from international action on climate change, which he believes to be unnecessary. This announcement was cheered loudly by Trump supporters, and, predictably, panned hard by critics. The issue of…

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How One Speech Made Trump Look Like a President

Carol Kinssey Goman, Ph.D On the morning of February 28th, President Trump granted an exclusive interview to “Fox & Friends,” in which he evaluated his job performance. Trump awarded himself a grade of “A” for achievement and “A-plus” for effort, but only a grade of a “C” or “C-plus” on communicating. “My messaging isn’t good,”…

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Trump’s More Presidential Approach

Virgil Scudder, President, Virgil Scudder & Associates It was far from the best presidential speech ever delivered but Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress was a giant leap forward for him. Even many of his biggest supporters have criticized him for not being “more presidential.”  They cite his constantly blaming others…

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#8 MOST-READ in 2017: Trump’s Brand Story – An Unconventional Success Strategy

David E. Johnson, CEO, Strategic Vision PR Group The other day, I wrote a crisis communications strategy for the Trump White House.  It was the conventional crisis communications strategy that would normally apply for any Administration facing the issues that President Trump confronts.  Yet in another sense, he doesn’t need a conventional crisis communications strategy and if…

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Event Replay: Communicating in a Trump World

Event Overview Watch a replay of the PR Council’s “Communicating in a Trump World: What the New Administration Means for Our Industry” panel, in which we examined key insights from the election and had a lively discussion on changes our industry may face from the new administration.  Watch Now Speakers Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Chair…

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Crisis Communications Strategy in the Age of Trump

By David E. Johnson, CEO, Strategic Vision PR Group Small and medium sized businesses while knowing they need a public relations strategy often do not include a crisis communications plan in that strategy.  Many of these businesses believe crisis communications plans are only for major corporations and they will never face a crisis that needs a detailed response. …

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Trump and Brand

By Bruce Boyle, Executive Communications Strategist, Karma Agency  Since the dawn of brand-building marketers have yearned for the day when everyone at every level of society could not think of a product or service without attaching a ‘brand’ to it. The culmination of all of this may be a president of the United States deeply enamored with…

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Trump’s Body Language During the Inaugural Address

By Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. While audiences listened intently to his inaugural address, some of us were more focused on what his body was saying. I exchanged initial observations with Patrick A. Stewart, Ph.D., Department…

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Crisis Plan If Trump Attacks Your Brand

Editor’s Note:  This is the second in a three-part video commentary series by Doug Simon, CEO of D S Simon Media.  Doug takes a deep dive into the strategic communications issues tied to the Presidential transition of power.  In Part I, Doug’s focus is Obamacare.  In Part II,  Doug discusses the impact of Trump’s use of Twitter…

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Trump: Opportunity Lost

By Virgil Scudder, President, Virgil Scudder & Associates If you’re a Trump supporter who believes that America is in dire shape and that Trump can fix the problems, you probably liked the new president’s inaugural address.  Few others, however, are likely to find it comforting or uplifting.  Isolationist in tone, it was more a campaign stump speech…

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