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Donald Trump’s historic presidency will look unlike any other that’s come before it. From his outsider status in Washington to his family’s continued residence in New York to his complicated business empire, each episode of this podcast will focus on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that defies conventions and ask the question, “Can he do that?” Hosted by Allison Michaels and co-hosted each week by a different Post reporter, “Can He Do That?” features original reporting that will illuminate the ways Donald Trump can reshape the presidency and explain what that means for people in the United States and the rest of the world.




Will Trump be able to work with Democrats and still maintain the support of his base?

The Post's Robert Costa adds insight to Trump's latest deals with Democrats and what they mean for his political future. Plus, Nick Troiano of the Centrist Project explains America's political parties and the risks of a system ideologically divided.

Duration: 00:26:29

What does Trump really want for the 'dreamers'?

What does Trump hope will happen in Congress? With white house reporter David Nakamura, we talk to John Sandweg, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director about policy. Plus, a dreamer in the DACA program shares her story.

Duration: 00:34:39

Will Trump get emergency response funding for Texas, as promised?

How does Trump’s response to this natural disaster compare to that of past presidents? We talk to former FEMA administrator R. David Paulison. Plus, congressional reporter Mike DeBonis is back on the show to break down how relief funding works.

Duration: 00:24:31

What's lost when a president opts out of ceremonial duties?

With chief correspondent Dan Balz, we answer: Can a president fail to participate in tradition? Plus, we learn how President Reagan handled similar events and we talk to a former White House Social Secretary about planning these moments.

Duration: 00:27:09

Does a president need to unify the country to govern effectively?

In the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Va., we examine the history of political appeals to white fear and how past presidents have responded to crises. The award-winning Wesley Lowery weighs in on the state of race relations in America.

Duration: 00:33:33

How much power does a president have to lead us to nuclear war?

With insight from White House reporter Jenna Johnson, we learn the answers to this critical question from an expert in North Korean history and a professor who’s worked in past White Houses on counter proliferation and nuclear arms control.

Duration: 00:35:40

Will Trump's new chief of staff fix a White House in chaos?

Can Kelly bring order to the White House? We talk to Kristine Simmons from the Bush White House, Chris Whipple, author of "Gatekeepers: How The White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," and Greg Jaffe who has reported on Kelly for years.

Duration: 00:23:55

Is it unusual for a president to publicly berate members of his own cabinet?

Can a president fire the attorney general? How much influence does a president have over the Justice Department? Reporter Ashley Parker, historian Tim Naftali and law professor Steve Vladeck on the politics, historical context and legal limitations.

Duration: 00:24:46

Trump promised to bring back American jobs, can he do that?

What levers can a president use to revive an industry in decline? Amy Goldstein, author of "Janesville" tells us what happens to people when factories close. Plus, Scott Paul of Alliance for American Manufacturing on how to help the industry.

Duration: 00:26:57

Did Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer violate the law?

Jens David Ohlin, vice dean at Cornell Law School, explains the legal boundaries and political consultant Tracy Sefl takes us into the world of opposition research. Plus, "Trump Revealed" author Marc Fisher on the president's reaction to the news.

Duration: 00:31:26

Introducing ‘Constitutional’

'Can He Do That?' is off this week, so instead we're bringing you a preview of a new show from the host of the Post’s popular ‘Presidential’ podcast, called 'Constitutional.' Check out the trailer, then go subscribe at

Duration: 00:05:33

Will Trump deliver on his health-care promises? (Part II)

Health policy reporter Paige Cunningham breaks down the Senate bill and explains what’s at stake. Plus, we talk to Republican Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Ariz., about how health care legislation directly affects his constituents.

Duration: 00:30:14

Special episode: Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

In an exclusive report, The Post's national security team goes inside the Obama administration's decision-making after the CIA captured Putin issuing these instructions: defeat Clinton and help elect Trump. Reporter Greg Miller tells the story.

Duration: 00:28:37

How much of Obama's Cuba policies could Trump rollback?

Will Trump's policy toward Cuba undo the Obama administration's efforts to normalize relations? What's at stake? Karen DeYoung answers those questions. Plus, the history of U.S-Cuba relations and Obama's special assistant on U.S-Cuba negotiations.

Duration: 00:33:11

Will Trump accomplish his infrastructure promises?

The Post's Damian Paletta on how much Trump can achieve. Plus, former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak on facing tragedy in his city in 2007. And Henry Petroski, author of "The Road Taken" on the history of America's infrastructure and how we got here.

Duration: 00:31:26

Special episode: What we learned from Comey's testimony

The Post's national security reporter Matt Zapotosky explains what Comey's words at Thursday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing mean for the multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and what happens next.

Duration: 00:26:07

Is Trump isolating our strongest allies by backing away from key agreements?

The Post's White House bureau chief Philip Rucker offers insight from his trip abroad with the president. Plus, former ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder explains the relationship between the U.S. and Europe, and the value of international agreements.

Duration: 00:26:49

What can Michael Flynn's actions tell us about the Russia investigation?

Harvard's Alex Whiting explains where former national security adviser Michael Flynn's actions might break the law. Plus, The Post's Greg Miller tells us how Flynn fits in the story of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Duration: 00:26:27

Amid turmoil in the U.S., can Trump's first international trip turn things around?

President Trump leaves for his first international trip after two tumultuous weeks back home. Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Kevin Sullivan joins us right off the plane from Saudi Arabia -- Trump's first stop.

Duration: 00:21:32

Special episode: Can a president reveal classified information?

Greg Jaffe, one of The Post reporters who broke news of Trump revealing classified information to Russian diplomats, is on the show to explain presidential power when it comes to classified information and what happens next in this developing story.

Duration: 00:16:15

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